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The top-secret test of a sub-miniaturization process goes wildly awry inthis comic adventure when industrial spies steal the technology and thedaring pilot (Dennis Quaid) of the world's first molecular-sized craftis accidentally injected into the bloodstream of a hypochondriac grocerystore clerk (Martin Short). Now with only a 24-hour supply of oxygen, anatom-sized test pilot must convince the nerd in whose body he is trappedhow to be a hero in order to recover the stolen technology, convince thepilot's girlfriend (Meg Ryan) that he loves her ... and save both menfrom a grisly death. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.]]>
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It's a Joe Dante film, with early performances by Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan.
It's goofier than all get out; here's the synopsis.
Dennis Quaid is a loose cannon test pilot with a bit of an alcohol problem, who gets "demoted" to a secret military program involving miniaturization. He is to be shrunk down, along with a mini-submarine, and injected into a lab rabbit, to test things like the ability to hook up to a host's optic or auditory nerve.
Meg Ryan plays a reporter, romantically involved with Quaid, but for the moment, estranged.
Martin Short plays a hypochondriac supermarket assistant manager.
So, Quaid gets shrunk right before "the bad guys" (led by an over-the-top Kevin McCarthy) invade the laboratory, and in his last act as a living person, the escaping lead investigator injects the microscopic Quaid into Short's left buttock.
I didn't really care much for the whole "stealing technology" plot thread (there's a very early role by Robert Picardo), but it's there as a scaffold, just to watch Quaid and Short deal with each other. And that's really a joy to watch.
The one scene in the doctor's office, with Quaid finally patched into Short's inner ear, is hysterical. Short gets to mug opposite old friends (and SCTV alums) Joe Flaherty and Andrea Martin...I've seen it a hundred times yet I still laugh every time.
Yes, there are a lot of clunky lines and bits of extreme over-acting. If you have a problem with either Dennis Quaid or Martin Short, it'll be tough for you to like this movie. Overthink this movie, and you're doing yourself a disservice.
On the other hand, if you like either of those two guys, and are in the mood for a fun romp, this is well worth a viewing. You'll love seeing about a dozen character actors, sprinkled in small roles like Short's doctor, the supermarket manager, Ryan's co-workers...you've seen them in a million movies, and they're perfectly cast here. The 80's fashions and music are an unintentional riot in and of themselves.
They DO up the class level when they selected Sam Cooke songs as the key tunes to the film though.
The DVD looks great...the red Mustang just pops right off the screen. Some of the effects reveal their age (in particular the non-inside-the-body ones), but the scenes inside Martin Short STILL look terrific!
Nice sonics with crisp details.
Depending on your child's exposure to the four-letter word describing excrement (it's used about half a dozen times or so...), this movie is appropriate for a large age range. It's really just a simple lark of a film.
And I still find it to be most enjoyable...
I picked this up because my four year old son likes the movie. I like the way the inside of the human body has been pictured(some issues exist, blood flow). He and I watch this often. I would not care much for the story It is the usual run of the mill comedy except the way the inside of the human body is pictured.
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