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Men in Black (Deluxe Edition) (1997)

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Action & Adventure and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
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E.T. This Ain't

  • May 16, 2005
You'll get a kick out of this sci-fi comedy/adventure starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Since I'm a little late on reviewing this film(it's been out for awhile now), I won't delve too deep into the premise of the film. Just know that Jones' "Kay" character handpicks Smith's "Jay" character to replace him and they form a hilarious odd couple with Jones playing the straight man and Smith being the goof-off.

"Men In Black" provides plenty of laughs and action for even the toughest sci-fi critic. Smith does an excellent job without coming across as smarmy as he did in "Independence Day." Jones' no-nonsense character is the perfect foil to Jay. Rip Torn does a good job as Zed and Linda Fiorentino is good as the coroner in the wrong place at the wrong time. Vincent D'Onofrio also does a good job as the big, bad bug. Some of the biggest laughs come from Kay's encounter with an alien informer who hides out as a dog and Tony Shaloub's performance as an alien peddler with a pawn shop.

The action is spread throughout the film at perfect intervals, often with great comedic sidelines such as the "noisy cricket" and Kay and Jay's drive through the tunnel in what Jay refers to as a "Ford POS."

Overall, a really fun movie to watch multiple times. The language is mild for the most part, although a few words slip here and there. Some of the alien action might scare younger viewers, especially the big bug conflict at the climax, but there isn't anything here that would scare children over ten. I'll leave that up to the parents.

Check it out for some good sci-fi fun.

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