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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.Read more ›
Jack Putter [Martin Short] feels funny today, nothing new to this 25-hour-a-day a hypochondriac Safeway grocery clerk. What’s new is that Jack hears something, and declares “I’m possessed!” And you’re about to be possessed by laughter.
‘GREMLINS’ executive producer Steven Spielberg and director Joe Dante, again rev their imagination into overdrive for this comic adventure that won a 1987 Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects. The voice Jack Putter hears is that of hotshot Lt. Tuck Pendleton [Dennis Quad], subject of a secret miniaturization technology project gone awry and accidently injected into Jack Putter. And before frazzled Jack Putter can say, “I’ve got you under my skin,” his unlikely partner propels him into the craziest escapade of his life.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1987 Academy Awards®: Win: Best Visual Effects for Bill George, Dennis Muren, Harley Jessup and Kenneth F. Smith. 1988 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Nominated: Best Director for Joe Dante. Nominated: Best Science Fiction Film. Nominated: Best Special Effects.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis, Vernon Wells, Robert Picardo, Wendy Schaal, Harold Sylvester, William Schallert, Henry Gibson, John Hora, Mark L.Read more ›
The extras are the same as the DVD, the theatrical trailer and an entertaining commentary by director Joe Dante, producer Michael Finnell and visual-effects supervisor Dennis Muren. It cracked me up hearing Dennis trying to get in his "the fat cells are jello" comments between the others' comments during a visual-effects shot that lasted 5 seconds!
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Introduced this to my son. I missed it. So happy to have it to watch anytime I wish.Published 7 days ago by Toylasso
I really enjoyed it. Fun seeing Meg, Dennis and Martin in their younger years! Very entertaining!Published 1 month ago by Diane Smith
Great movie--sci fi collides with every day reality. Good writing, funny. Martin Short gives a brilliant and funny performance as an up-tight hypochondriac. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CF
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