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VINE VOICEon 28 November 2002
An astronomer, Dan Aykroyd as Steve Mills, by way of a fluke, sends a message out of the galaxy. This causes a gravitational instability on that quadrant. An alien embassary, Kim Basinger as Celeste Martin, is sent to find and correct the problem. She is accompanied by Bag (Ann Prenttiss) who is ready to destroy anyone that gets in the way.

There are lots of misunderstandings and sight gages. However the Alien learns of love and people (including Jimmy Durante). This movie is just too jam-packed with fun to describe. You will have to see it again and again to pick up the parts that went by too fast.
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on 31 August 2010
This film with make you cringe in places but is actually very funny and the effects are ok for the 80's (although they aren't really what the film is about).

The storyline follows a nerdy scientist single father who accidentally attacks another world and the agent sent to reverse the effect ends up falling for him and he for her.

The humour in the film is silly but makes you laugh and I remember whatching this as a kid and dibbling over Kim Bassinger!

Look out for Alyson Hannigan and Seth Green going on a date (later to be Willow and Oz in Buffy).
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on 26 May 2016
Astronomer Steven Mills accidentally sends a great surge of energy out into space, threatening life on another world.

They respond by dispatching one of their race disguised in deliberately attractive human form to Earth to sort things out called Celeste, accompanied by a rather less attractive superior, in the form of a talking handbag.

Steven is indeed attracted, as is his untrustworthy brother, while Celeste becomes increasingly fond of Steven's young daughter.........

Back in 1988, it would've probably been a great High Concept idea to get Basinger to play an alien who is slightly amusing for the first fifteen minutes if her arriving to earth, and then fall in love with Dan Ackroyd.

But when you boil it all down to the concept and story, it's nothing more than a remake of Splash!, but with aliens and the threat of the end of the world.

But the concept is basically the same, man meets girl, girl is odd for the first two acts of the film, ensuring hilarity. Man is totally oblivious to the fact that she is more than slightly different, and both film have a borderline pervert as a brother for the main character.

It's all paltry stuff, the two leads are okay, but it's fun to see people like Greene, Hannigan, and Lewis in very young roles.

The fashion is atypically eighties, but the less said about the narrative, the better.

Bland.
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on 30 May 2013
This is a classic movie not to be over looked as others have been from the 80's
If you are at a loose end and need a good laugh and be entertained this is a good
cheap night in for you just supply the drinks and snacks and its a win win situation.

5 Stars..... BUY IT
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on 24 July 2013
Harmless nonsense, but fun.

The plot about an Alien living in disguise on Earth, getting used to the strange ways of the humans, who do not suspect the deadly peril they face from Outer Space, is not meant to be taken too seriously.

This is an enjoyable comedy featuring sweet little Alysson Hannigan as the adolescent daughter who suspects her Stepmother is an Alien.

This was made a few years before Alysson H went on to be wonderful as Willow in especially the first 3 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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on 27 October 2013
It is rather dated but the stepmother is delightful and there are some entertaining moments, especially if you like to relive the eighties.
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on 27 September 2013
fun for all the family all round funny rom com , out this world love story with good cast !!
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on 26 October 2014
fun - got this cos loved Allyson hannigan in buffy and how I met your mother. shes a lovely actress and this turned out to be a good cast and story - and obviously a good way for her to start her career
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on 13 June 2015
This film is so bad it's good, i only watched it originally for alyson hannigan, but it actually features quite a few stars, dan akyroyd, kim basinger, john lovitz, seth green and juliette lewis.
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on 3 September 2001
This DVD is a must for all Kim Basinger fan, her performance is Stepmother is only surpassed when she played Vicky....... in Batman. For non Basinger fans (Why?!?) there is sitll enough in the film to justify it's purchase, aliens, talking handbags, a clever storyline you will keep coming back for more. p.s For all Basinger fans I also recommend Blind Date. (Just don't let your friends borrow it)
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