June 8th, 2001



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A firefighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky-but-sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving ever since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.9/10 (55,418 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Ivan Reitman

Stars: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore

When a meteorite falls to Earth two college professors, Dr. Ira Kane and Prof. Harry Phineas Block, are assigned the job of checking the site out. At the site, they discover organisms not of this planet. Soon the site is taken over by the government, forcing Ira and Harry to the side. As the new life-forms begin to evolve and start to get more and more dangerous, it's up to the two professors to save the planet.

Writers: Don Jakoby, David Diamond

David Duchovny - Ira Kane
Julianne Moore - Allison Reed
Orlando Jones - Harry Block
Seann William Scott - Wayne Grey
Ted Levine - General Russell Woodman
Ethan Suplee - Deke Donald
Michael Bower - Danny Donald (as Michael Ray Bower)
Pat Kilbane - Officer Sam Johnson
Ty Burrell - Colonel Flemming
Dan Aykroyd - Governor Lewis
Katharine Towne - Nadine
Gregory Itzin - Barry Cartwright
Ashley Clark - Lt. Cryer
Michelle Wolff - Carla
Sarah Silverman - Denise

Taglines: Coming to wipe that silly smile off your planet.

Release Date: 8 June 2001

Filming Locations: California State University - 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,408,351 (USA) (10 June 2001) (2611 Screens)

Gross: $38,311,134 (USA) (19 August 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

David Duchovny improvised the "baring of the ass" scene and director Ivan Reitman decided to write it in to the shot. Unfortunately the scene had to be re-done so many time that Duchovny took a Polaroid picture of his rear end and held it up to the camera when it was required because it was too cold to pull his pants down over and over on cue.

Factual errors: Generals wear stars centered on the epaulets and not by the shoulder seam.

Harry Block: You going to finish that bacon?
Wayne Grey: Yeah, I am. I ordered it, didn't I?

User Review

Loved the Creatures

Rating: 8/10

A lot has been said about what's good and bad in the movie. I won't revisit those comments. I thought the creatures were creative and hysterical.

Sure they weren't logical or realistic, but they were fun in a fantasy sort of sense. I enjoyed the watching the entire alien "ecosystem" evolve.

Fortunately, I'm the kind of person that understands a movie made to be predominantly a comedy doesn't require scientific accuracy, nor should the audience expect it. It was intentionally silly.

One last thing. I thought David Duchovny did a great job playing a character that had a wry, dry sense of humor. He wasn't exactly a straight man, but it was clear to me, he was laughing at the world.

Rating, I gave it 8/10 because it entertained me AND my wife, something many movies can't do.


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