By Owen Gleiberman
Updated February 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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My Favorite Martian

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The big innovation is that Uncle Martin (Christopher Lloyd), the quizzical alien with the ’50s TV antennas popping out of his head, has been given an anthropomorphic silver space suit — a dancing, prancing, horny polymer uniform that carries on like Jim Carrey in ”The Mask.” The big drag is that the suit completely outshines Martin. In this glorified special-effects demo reel based on the singularly daft ’60s sitcom (what’s next — ”Petticoat Junction”?), Lloyd, when not spouting hyperkinetic scientific gibberish, makes scoops of ice cream fly around the room, guzzles the contents of a lava lamp, and literally falls apart into head and rascally limbs, as his earthly caretaker (Jeff Daniels) gawks in dismay. ”Flubber” was more edifying — and more fun.

My Favorite Martian

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  • Movie
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  • PG
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  • Donald Petrie

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