Based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel "Slapstick - Or Lonesome No More," SLAPSTICK OF ANOTHER KIND was a box office bomb filmed in 1982 but not released in the U.S. until two years later. Star Jerry Lewis was nominated for the Worst Actor Golden Raspberry for his efforts here. Orson Welles, scraping the bottom of a distinguished career, vocalized the "Father of the Aliens."
A beautiful and renowned couple (Lewis and Kahn) give birth to mentally deficient twins who look like their famous parents, with one exception: the kids grow up to have oversized heads. It turns out they were just pretending to be stupid, for when they touch heads their intellectual abilities are second to none. After a former Chinese ambassador (Morita) fails to convince parents and President (Backus) that the twins could potentially save our planet, an alien with Orson Welles' voice appears. He explains that the gifted pair are HIS children sent to Earth to solve all our problems, but since we Earthlings couldn't cope with such immense brains, they were going back to their home planet.
Jery Lewis rebounded nicely with his next film, Martin Scorsese's THE KING OF COMEDY, which actually appeared in the U.S. before "Slapstick." Here, Jerry is a famous late night talk show host who's stalked by a talentless wannabe stand-up comic (Robert DeNiro). (VHS version) (DVD version)
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.
(1.5) Slapstick of Another Kind (1984) - Jerry Lewis/Madeline Kahn/Marty Feldman/John Abbott/Jim Backus/Merv Griffin/Pat Morita/Virginia Graham/Orson Welles (voice)