|Duration||1h 25m||Rating (UK)||12A|
|Source of story||An original screenplay|
|Writers/Script||Terry jones, Gavin Scott|
|Starring||Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Meera Syal, Robin Williams, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin|
Elevator Pitch: Out in cosmic space a group of godlike aliens are considering the fate of earth, and have decided that they will choose one earthling, and give him or her absolute power to do anything. His use of the power for evil, or good, will determine the fate of the planet. Neil a school teacher and aspiring novelist is chosen and after accidentally destroying his class – students included – he begins to learn of his capabilities. Independent of his influence, the girl across the hall, who he fancies, decides to screw him, but when she finds out about his capabilities how will it end?
Content: This film was R rated in America, probably because of its fairly explicit conversations, although there is no sex or nudity apart from Neil accidentally giving himself a young woman’s body. Thereafter, Neil’s friend Ray is worshipped by the gym teacher and her followers. Catherine is chased about by an American who is in love with her. The godlike aliens discuss the earth and its future in the voices of the Pythons. The dog talks amusingly. There is gunfire when Neil makes himself president of the United States. Catherine has a bad time at work, learning that her boss never actually reads the books she is reviewing.
A View: This outing was absolutely panned by everybody except for the Roger Ebert writer, and so it scored neglible up votes on Rotten Tomatoes. But it features Simon Pegg who is funny, Kate Beckinsale who is unfeasably glamorous, Robin Williams as the dog, and the Pythons, probably for the last time. I laughed quite a bit. Although the whole idea is not new, and completely stupid, it is still fun, and is just a bit incorrect in its approach which I liked. For instance the young women discuss who they might have sex with, and when the dog is given speech it just asks for biscuits. So, worth a moderate download cost.
Additional Info: No cost was estimated on IMDb, but I would have thought about $10 million. It garnered an astounding $20,169 in the USA.