Morons from Outer Space

Tagged: Film

Film (1985). Directed by Mike Hodges. Written by Jones, Smith, developed Bob Mercer. Cast includes Paul Bown, Griff Rhys Jones, Dinsdale Landen, Jimmy Nail, Joanne Pearce and Mel Smith. 97 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour.

Very stupid Aliens (identical in appearance and behaviour to humans) have rented a spaceship to go on holiday. They crashland on a UK motorway and later become media stars. This remarkably unfunny film, written by and starring two television comedians – it looks like a television sketch blown up out of all proportion – is partly set in the USA in an attempt to broaden its appeal, but what humour it has is impenetrably English; the satirical possibilities are barely explored (in contrast to Earth Girls Are Easy [1988]). Morons from Outer Space was a comedown for director Hodges, whose previous sf movies were The Terminal Man (1974) and Flash Gordon (1980). [PN]

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