Gillian Flynn
October 01, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Favorite Martian

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
Wide Release Date
02/12/99
performer
Jeff Daniels, Daryl Hannah, Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lloyd
director
Donald Petrie
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
genre
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy
We gave it a D+

Alien antics ensue when the titular spaceman (Lloyd) crash-lands on Earth and bunks with newsman Daniels while repairing the mother ship. Small surprise: My Favorite Martian packs in the gags — the Martian dresses funny, the Martian loves ice cream. Big surprise: Some of them work, thanks to Daniels’ deft timing and the cast’s breezy what-the-hell-nobody’s-gonna-see-this-anyway attitude. Reel Goodies (0:52) Daniels attempts to woo a spoiled newscaster (Elizabeth Hurley) with wine, massage…and Lloyd’s dismembered arm. The Last Detail In an obligatory nod to TV’s original Martian, Ray Walston meanders in and out of the plot.

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