MY STEPMOTHER IS AN ALIEN
My Stepmother is an Alien was created as a comedic vehicle for Kim Basinger. Here she displays a surprising talent for comedy and shows that beneath the blonde bombshell typecasting she can act and indeed has an underappreciated talent for comedy. Her wide-eyed Candide performance holds a great deal of amusement serving up fifty-course breakfasts, running through the gamut of all possible definitions of the word kiss in about a minute flat, checking to see if her pants have been blown away, and that ever so delightful moment where a supermarket clerk asks if she has anything smaller than a hundred dollar note and she reaches into her handbag and offers up a perfectly miniaturised bill. My Stepmother is an Alien is a light and throwaway film but Kim Basinger remains a delight from her manic pastiches of tv behaviour to the heart-warming innocence of her discoveries of the pleasures of eating, sex or just twinkling her toes in the sand. She gets good support from Dan Aykroyd in one of his typical hand-wringing performances and from a lively 14-year-old Alyson Hannigan, several years before she became a regular on tvs Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003).
On the minus side, Ann Prentisss hip voicing of the Bag is awful. The Bag is indicative of a fundamental confusion about how to play the aliens, with the film being cautiously contradictory as to whether they are innocent, hip, cold and villainous, or a bunch of droll three wise men. The story is also confused in a major way about the nature of intergalactic distances, while the plot device about the necessity of sending a radio signal in order to save an alien civilisation is a dramatically fuzzy hook. Yet while My Stepmother is an Alien does not vary far from the Spielbergian suburban Americana feelgood formula and winds down by its effects-heavy climax, it is, for a film that one goes into with no expectations, witty and genuinely off the wall and comes out winning on most accounts.
The films director Richard Benjamin is best known as a comedy actor in films such as Goodbye Columbus (1969), Catch 22 (1970), Portnoys Complaint (1972), Love at First Bite (1979) and more serious efforts like Westworld (1973). Benjamin is remembered to genre fans who have a memory as the title character in the appealing but short-lived genre spoof, the tv series Quark (1978). Richard Benjamin has directed a number of other films, mostly comedies, including My Favorite Year (1982), City Heat (1984), The Money Pit (1986), Little Nikita (1988), Mermaids (1990) and Made in America (1993). My Stepmother is an Alien has been his only genre outing as director.
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