What Planet Are You From?

Overview

Garry Shandling makes his big-screen debut as a leading man in this sci-fi romantic comedy. Harold (Shandling) is an alien from another galaxy sent to Earth on a vital mission: in order to ensure that his civilization will prevail, Harold must impregnate an Earth woman. But he discovers that this is more easily said than done, as he quickly gets a crash course in the arcane rituals of the human courtship process. What's worse, just when Harold thinks he's making progress in Earthbound seduction, he discovers that...
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Overview

Garry Shandling makes his big-screen debut as a leading man in this sci-fi romantic comedy. Harold (Shandling) is an alien from another galaxy sent to Earth on a vital mission: in order to ensure that his civilization will prevail, Harold must impregnate an Earth woman. But he discovers that this is more easily said than done, as he quickly gets a crash course in the arcane rituals of the human courtship process. What's worse, just when Harold thinks he's making progress in Earthbound seduction, he discovers that the males of his planet don't physically interface properly with women on Earth, so he is issued a variety of bizarre gadgets to complete his assignment. Mike Nichols directed What Planet Are You From?, which also features a top-notch supporting cast, including Annette Bening, John Goodman, Ben Kingsley, and Camryn Manheim.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The vagaries of human courtship and heterosexual relationships are deftly spoofed in What Planet Are You From? -- a wryly amusing vehicle for standup comic and TV star Garry Shandling. He's whimsically cast as the last hope of a male-dominated alien civilization, dispatched to Earth for mating with a compatible human female, thus propagating his dying species. Despite his supposedly exhaustive indoctrination on dating rituals, Garry strikes out repeatedly before meeting eccentric Annette Bening, who just might be the perfect woman. Or not. Shandling's script relies heavily on shopworn fish-out-of-water gags and comic misinterpretation of slang expressions. And his amorous alien displays the same seeming lack of emotion and general cluelessness that women often attribute to men -- which, of course, is how his otherworldly origin escapes detection. But under the skilled direction of Mike Nichols Primary Colors, Shandling and his talented supporting cast bring a feather-light touch to this delightful comedy of manners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2015
  • UPC: 043396459373
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 82,581

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Garry Shandling Harold Anderson
Annette Bening Susan
Greg Kinnear Perry Gordon
Ben Kingsley Graydon
Linda Fiorentino Helen Gordon
John Goodman Roland Jones
Richard Jenkins Don Fisk
Caroline Aaron Nadine
Judy Greer Rebecca
Nora Dunn Madeline
Ann Cusack Liz
Camryn Manheim Alison
Janeane Garofalo Earth Woman (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director, Producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Ron Bochar Sound Editor
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
John Dexter Set Decoration/Design
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Brad Grey Executive Producer
Michael Haley Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Michele Imperato Co-producer
Michael Leeson Screenwriter
Ellen Lewis Casting
Neil Machlis Producer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Marks Editor
Karyn Rachtman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Garry Shandling Producer, Screenwriter
Ed Solomon Screenwriter
Peter Tolan Screenwriter
Robert W. Welch III Production Designer
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