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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimensionis one of the most agreeably insane movies ever made. Peter Weller stars as Buckaroo, an acclaimed neurosurgeon, particle physicist, and, of course, rock star. He travels with the Hong Kong Cavaliers, a band of hard-rocking scientists who are also really good dressers. Buckaroo's interdimensional experiments with his Operation Overthruster throw him (and the Earth) straight into the middle of an alien war, and before you know it, he's got just a few hours to save the world. Confused? Hang on, we're only 10 minutes into the movie.Buckaroo Banzaihurls you right into the middle of its comic-book universe and keeps going at a breakneck pace. It's chock-full of overlapping jokes (even as we're trying to make sense of Dr. Lizardo's hospital room, a voice calmly announces that "lithium is no longer available on credit" over the PA system), hilarious throwaway dialogue ("You're like Jerry Lewis: you give me hope to carry on."), and weirdness just for the sheer joy of it ("Why is there a watermelon there?" "I'll tell you later."). You'll want to watch it at least twice--there's just no way to catch everything the first time around. Ellen Barkin has a terrific time doing a dead-on film noir moll parody as Penny Priddy, and John Lithgow turns in a brilliant manic performance as Dr. Lizardo/John Whorfin. There is no reason not to own this movie unless you are cold and dead inside. Laugh while you can, Monkey Boys.--Ali Davis
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CastJeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, James Keane, Peter Weller, Robert Ito
DirectorW. D. Richter
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Fantasy
DVD Release Date:  January 1, 2002
Runtime:  102 minutes
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD)
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review by . September 26, 2010
   the Lord of the Rings trilogy for example, I like them, but I don't love them like I used to.            When I think of the newer films that I love, they all typically have an aspect to them that makes them just a little more challenging or a little more complex whether in terms of concept or the extent of the ambition involved.  Take the Big Lebowski for example.  The film has a really odd dichotomy between its simplicity (it's …
review by . June 11, 2009
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Out of all the films I saw as a kid, Buckaroo Banzai is one of the ones that has this aspect to it. When I first saw it I didn't love it, probably because of this. There was more there than I could process as an 8 year-old, but as the years went on and I revisited the film I got more and more out of it. It's actually very similar to the Big Lebowski in that on the one hand it's a simple action movie, one of a million in the 80s, that deals with the threat of an alien invasion thwarted by a small …
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