Meet the Applegates

Tagged: Film

Film (1990). New World/Cinemarque. Directed by Michael Lehmann. Written by Redbeard Simmons, Lehmann. Cast includes Ed Begley Jr, Stockard Channing, Dabney Coleman, Cami Cooper and Bobby Jacoby. 89 minutes. Colour.

In this sf/fantasy Satire, a group of Shapeshifting giant insects from the South American rainforest, disturbed at humanity's destruction of their domain, disguise themselves as human and infiltrate a small US town, where they plan to get revenge by causing a nuclear meltdown at the local power plant. Their knowledge of human life being gleaned largely from Dick and Jane books, they begin as apparently stereotyped upright citizens, but are soon corrupted by US society, becoming a secretary-screwing husband, a consumer-product-obsessed shoplifting wife, a pregnant radical lesbian feminist daughter and a dope-smoking son. Meet the Applegates is witty and pointed, but stops this side of hilarious because its affability dilutes the savagery to which it appears to aspire. [PN]

see also: Monster Movies.

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