Phil the Alien 2004 R CC

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(31) IMDb 5.4/10
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Phil is a gun toting, extra terrestrial party animal stranded on earth and just trying to find his way home.

Starring:
Rob Stefaniuk, Nicole de Boer
Runtime:
1 hour, 23 minutes

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Phil the Alien

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Rob Stefaniuk
Starring Rob Stefaniuk, Nicole de Boer
Supporting actors Brad McGinnes, Bruce Hunter, Seán Cullen, John Kapelos, Boyd Banks, Jason Jones, Graham Greene, Joe Flaherty, Christopher Barry, Mike Beaver, Addison Bell, Claire Brosseau, Nick Canakis, Mary Crosbie, Brad Hart, Dwayne Hill, Ryan Malcolm, Robyn Palmer
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

Even for free, it was not worth watching to the end.
Amazon Customer
It isn't quite funny enough to qualify as comedy, too stupid for drama.
sammy
If you have nothing else to do, it's a good way to pass the time.
J. DeJarnatt

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5 of 6 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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4 of 5 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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An alien crash-lands in the Canadian woods. He's not too bright, enjoys getting drunk, is fearful, and entertains his new Earth friends by levitating objects. Meanwhile, the US military wants to capture or kill him.

I don't know where all these 5 star reviews are coming from. PHIL THE ALIEN is a low-budget Canadian TV movie (it's credited to Canadian Telefilm). Most of the story is set at the Canadian Tavern. The characters later visit the Canadian Motel.

I think those names are supposed to satirize the Canadian government's heavy-handed pressure to fill Canadian-funded productions with "Canadian content." That was the satirical target of the brilliant SCTV's "Great White North" skits.

But PHIL THE ALIEN is no SCTV. Its satirical targets are very old and/or very politically correct: drunks, Christians, gun-toting rednecks, bickering garage bands, evil American military/intelligence operatives.

PHIL THE ALIEN is not a horrible film, it's just not very good. I smiled a few times, but no laugh-out-loud moments. The actors feel as if they're just going through the motions. One-dimensional performances with no emotional depth.

I bought PHIL THE ALIEN on Amazon, a brand new copy for one penny. I guess that was a fair price.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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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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