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Phil the Alien

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Near a backwoods Ontario small town, a young alien, on vacation, crashes in his ship. Disoriented, this confused young extraterrestrial is captured by a young boy who, after naming him Phil, introduces him to the stupor of hard liquor before the boy's hick father throws him out. Roaring drunk and bunking with a friendly talking beaver, Phil eventually wanders into a bar where his new addiction traps him even while he wants to go home. Meanwhile, a secret US black ops organization activates a drunken field agent to find the alien. However, while he searches, Phil's easily manipulated personality leads him down paths that profoundly affect his new native friends.


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  • Actors: Boyd Banks, Christopher Barry, Addison Bell, Claire Brosseau, Nick Canakis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BO0L8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phil the Alien" on IMDb

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Salyzyn on January 24, 2010
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A wonderfully campy view of Canadian, US and Alien relations. And what a wonderful premise; a born-again alcoholic fish-out-of-water alien with "cool powers" being chased by a motley crew of dysfunctional snipers. And nothing compares with a low budget sock puppet alien trapped in a glass cage, bashing head around swinging for a sweat escape, "kill me ... kill me now".

This movie starts slow, and has some uncomfortable silent moments that one must struggle through along with predictable story movement; legacies of a low budget in a time when everyone now expects blockbusters, immediate gratification, brilliant plots or breathtaking cgi. This movie has none of these modern trappings, but buried in every moment are subtleties and humor that make it watchable again and again. But beware, there is more craft in the words than there is in the plot.

If you are into cult movies, 'bad movie nights', having fun, or at least if you think a trapper replete with a bad attitude, fur hat and bad french accent is funny; this is a must-have in your collection! A jewel in the rough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gayle D'Andrea on October 22, 2010
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I loved this movie. It's funny, quirky, interesting, engaging... I'm a huge fan of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Trey Parker/Matt Stone films and this one is, to me, in that same vein. If you love intelligent, funny, interesting comedies, this is for you! If not, then you obviously don't have good taste in movies. Plus, from seeing this movie and "Suck," the guy (Rob Stefaniuk) is obviously a talented musician--in addition to being a talented writer and director--and anyone who appreciates good music (like Rush) is a great person in my book! I particularly loved the part when "Phil" is singing the blues in his "native" language, but we get it...the blues is the blues. You don't have to understand the words, it's the emotion being conveyed. When he comes off stage and one of the local "good 'ole boys says, "Damn, he's good!" you can relate! He's just a guy missing his home and singin' the blues! A great film with great laughs througout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By crosscountryman on July 25, 2014
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Holy samolians this is one crazy, funny romp through the wildes of Canada and nightlife with the usual hi-jinx of the zany Second City comedy of Joe Flaherty! A far out production of imagined possibilities presented by an Alien Invasion of the Great North Woods. If you like weirdness ~ this is the film for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SickLittleBoy on June 22, 2012
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I picked this one up for $2.89 including shipping. It's a low-budget film but is really very good. I have watched this thing 3 times so far. "Shut Up Beaver," too funny. I have had zero problems with the disc and will probably watch this again with the wife this weekend. Pop some corn and enjoy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Izanami on January 14, 2014
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I didn't know what to expect when I first saw Phil the Alien, but it blew me away!! An alien comes crashing to earth and ends up teaching earthlings a little something about being human.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zia Landis on May 18, 2013
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It's kind of dark and irreverent, silly, witty and absolutely weird. This is an excellent film. Take it with a grain of salt and an open mind and you'll love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve D on May 30, 2013
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This was a goofy, over the top movie and a lot of fun. No life changing messages here. Just far fetched entertainment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C. Trott on January 22, 2014
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Strange cast - the only one I recognized was Jason Jones from the Daily Show as Agent Orange. Strange story - shape-shifting alien who crashes in Canada, and spends a lot of time getting drunk. Not as funny as I was hoping for. Definitely not as funny as Paul.
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