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I ll Believe You is a sci-fi comedy that will take your whole family on a journey you ll never forget! Dale Sweeney (David Alan Basche), is the host of his own radio show dedicated to discovering the unknown. Just as his radio show is about to be cancelled, he receives a mysterious call that is believed to be from another world!

Aliens, adventure, and ice cream sandwiches launch this all-star cast (Ed Helms, Mo Rocca, Fred Willard, Chris Elliott, and Patrick Warburton) into a cosmic adventure so amazing it s almost unbelievable...take a chance and believe.

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Extraterrestrial life forms have been the subject of many films since the silent era. Goofy men in suits, tear jerking puppets, acid bleeding face rapists, and occasional appearances from "The Fresh Prince" just keep us lining up to indulge our fantasies. What is the fascination we have with the thought of intelligent life living somewhere off in a galaxy far, far away?

More importantly, can an independent film spin this science fiction fantasy in a light-hearted farce that is worth watching? Damn right it can! I'll Believe You is a hilarious and thought provoking romp where just about anything is possible.

Rather than being just some shameless spoof of the whole science fiction genre with gross out gags, slapstick and cheap puns, I'll Believe You follows more along the lines indie hits like Shaun of the Dead. It makes fun of itself and the genre, while still having it's own highly entertaining original story. But don't expect CG creatures or cute puppets a la Speilberg and Lucas the movie's driving force is the main characters simply talking about what's what. Unlike Signs or Contact where expositional sci-fi can lull you to sleep, this film gets from point A to B courtesy of an ensemble of oddballs.

David Alan Basche (Dale Sweeney) certainly takes the ball and runs with it. His charisma practically carries I'll Believe You. If there was but one slip up in his work, then the rest of the movie would be hard to swallow.

Plus, it doesn't hurt that he had great support. Patrick Gallo (Senna) takes the overweight dumb guy buddy role and keeps it fresh. Patrick Warburton (Seth Douglas) absolutely wowed me. Every scene he's in, you can't take your eyes off him, and everything he says is so outrageous and at the same time feels true.

Director Paul Francis Sullivan, and fellow writers Ted Sullivan and Sean McPharlin, economically breathe life into the feature. Their wit and timing are sewn throughout this tale. The most astonishing part is how funny the film is without standard Hollywood comedy elements of "potty humor" and four letter words. The film is squeaky clean...and it's still funny. How many movies in recent memory can you say that about?

Hunt it down and give it a shot...you'll get your money's worth --Cinema Blend

"A sweet natured family comedy." A whimsical tale with a very clever story." --The Buffalo News

"An off-kilter extraterrestrial comedy" --Variety


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ed Helms, Patrick Warburton, Fred Willard, David Alan Basche, Chris Elliott
  • Directors: Paul Francis Sullivan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GHHHGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I'll Believe You" on IMDb

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By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on September 5, 2009
Format: DVD
Tonight was farce night so I snuck in this and Dance Flick [Blu-ray]; two Chris Elliott films in one night, whew. Patrick Warburton was the reason I watched this and by the end, he is the main reason the film succeeds. He is wholeheartedly better (and forgotten about) in The Civilization of Maxwell Bright but his performance here as the time traveling future man saves what would otherwise be a clean attempt at making a PG level farce with over the top acting.

The plot follows a late night radio host (played by the Starter Wife guy) as he attempts to keep his hope and show alive by listening to stories of the unknown. A strange speaking caller (with a voice we have all come to recognize) peaks our host's determination in proving that aliens exist. The main character's sidekicks include the comic relief cop buddy and girl interest played adequately by unknowns, but there are some punctuated short performances to look for with Fred Willard and Chris Elliott that help laugh things along. As tons of improbable and unlikely events transpire, you realize the filmmakers are allowing the film to be a farce on the genre and on themselves, so it succeeds at being a clean humor time travel film with no pretentiousness of being serious.

The special features include a volume of cast and crew commentaries, a 33 minute making of that covers a through background on logistics and the creation process.
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What bugs me most about movies like this is that they are "sleepers" and we're lucky if we ever even get to hear of them. I happened on it accidentally, so I have been calling myself the accidental time traveler.

And I have Patrick Warburton to thank. Usually the man irritates me because my wife has a crush on him.

Yes, the inimitable and slightly weird Patrick Warburton is the star who steals this show. I loved it and so did my fickle wife, because it's the best time travel film ever made. It is also suspenseful and I'll bet Chris Carter (creator of the X-Files) is kicking himself for not having thought of it.

A yahoo AM radio host gets a phone call at 1.13 in the morning from a scary guy speaking gibberish. Every night thereafter at 1.13, the call comes in from Mr. Scary-Gibberish. Convinced this is an alien because no human could sustain such gibberish so elegantly (well, Warburton managed it), the host of the show and his pals become obsessed.

Find the alien! Get him to divulge his secrets!

SPOILER: So who cares, I'm spoiling it. Warburton is none other than the unversally famous Dr. Seth Douglas. Why haven't we heard of him? because he's from around the year A.D. 4,000--a time traveler. He needs the radio and the host to broadcast his message, because he's stuck in the 21st century. No one will hear him or come find him if he can't get his message broadcast.

See, they speak gibberish descended from English in the 5th millennium A.D., though they know perfect English too. Also, Dr. Douglas must manufacture a plaque designed to be found on the beach as a marker to where he is.

This film was played without "Star Wars" fanfare.
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I got this movie because I will see anything with Chris Elliott and I was excited to see a new project with him. I'd never even heard of this movie, which, quite frankly, is almost always a bad sign. But truth be told, it was pretty good. Not laugh out loud, but surprisingly clever and consistently entertaining. You have to get past the first 5 or 10 minutes which are admittedly bad. I watched the making of doc, which is surprisingly good and the director explains they had to do a major recut to get the story to work without being able to aford a reshoot. Hence the choppy start. But once you get past that, it flows pretty well and it's got a good mystery that builds to a very satisfying ending. In fact, this is one of those rare movies where every ten minuets the movie gets better and better.

I've never seen any of the main actors before, other than Puddy (from Seinfeld). He's very good in the movie. The rest of the movie is filled with lots of great actors in smaller roles (Fred Willard! Yea! Chris Elliott! Double yea!). Previous reviewer mentioned the editing, which is definitely weak in the first half. Much better in the second. And he gave away the major spoiler. Try to avoid that. Makes the movie better. I didn't know going in and was surprised.

Not a great film. But not bad, either. Solid three stars from me.
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parts of this movie were actually shot on the location where I work. some of the scenes include our local places. Patrick Warburton...great actor..great supporting cast. this was a simple little movie, well done. that you can watch with your family.
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