*batteries not included

Eaurgh. Yesterday’s post is a fantastic example of why you (or at least I) should never post at 11:30 PM after an eight hour shift while also having too much caffeine in the system. Next time I’ll just let it slide and post two the next day…

Anyway, so that’s wasn’t an exact quote. I’ve seen the film more than two dozen times over the last two decades (though only once in the last decade), so you’d think I’d get the quote right. But I was on my feet for eight hours, had too much caffeine and it was 11:30. … I think I’ll type about the movie now.

Although I really liked it when I was a kid (I was 7 when it came out, though I first saw it on video when I was 8 ), I appreciated the real depth a lot more as an adult. As Pamela says in her breif role before she dumps Mason for the first jerk with a car that comes along, it’s the 80s and no one is interested in reality. Well, except probably the Little Guys, who seem like an extremely pragmatic bunch, but we don’t know for sure because they never speak English.

Faye Riley is an old lady who is only slightly senile, but pretends to be much more senile than she is because she can’t face the reality that her son is dead. Frank, her husband, doesn’t delude himself, but certainly wishes that their home wasn’t about to be demolished. Harry is a slightly brain-damaged ex-Boxer who lives for television until the Little Guys give him a reason to come out of his shell. Mason is a professional dreamer who puts his idealised reality onto canvas. Marisa is a pregnant girl who beleives her boyfreind is coming back for her (he’s not). Finally Carlos, who begins as an antagonist, beleives that getting the the rest of them to leave their apartment building is his opportunity to make it big.

Then the Little Guys come along. The Mother is pregnant and the Dad is worried. Earth is nearby and Earth gadgets act as both a food source and replacement body parts for the injured, so what better place to have the kids? They befreind Faye immediately because she feeds them bits of junk, but eventually they become freindly with the rest of the protagonists as well. The Mother gives birth and the kids live in the building until they learn to fly. Eventually, the Little Guys and the humans become, more or less, a big family. A very odd family where only the Little Guys are actually related to each other, but a family nevertheless. Then something happens to threaten all that…

There’s quite a bit more to the story, but you should see it for yourselves. It’s out on DVD now and far superior to E.T. or Close Encounters. Go rent or buy it, I highly reccomend it.

P.S. What I meant by Pamela’s line being ironic is that *bni didn’t do very well in the theaters and only adequately on VHS. It was a bit too real of a story, with no (human) kids, action heroes or hot babes. Plus, in light of the fact that it’s now the ’00s and “Reality Television” gets huge ratings, the line just strikes me as very funny.

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