The title pretty much says it all, folks: A beauteous E.T. cozies up to an eccentric scientist (a disarmingly straight Dan Ackroyd) in an attempt to save her dying planet and falls in love in the process. Much wackiness ensues. Art it ain’t, but this likably lightweight film does deliver the laughs, with assured leading performances (for once, Kim Basinger’s formica loveliness is utilized as an effective comedic asset), a surprisingly bawdy sense of humor, and a riotous supporting turn by a then dewy-fresh Jon Lovitz. Good, undemanding fun. —Andrew Wright
About My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
Starring: Alyson Hannigan, Seth Green, Dan Aykroyd, Juliette Lewis, Jon Lovitz, Kevin McDermott, Peter Bromilow, Adrian Sparks, Jim Doughan, Kim Basinger, Tony Jay, Lisa Croisette, Sophia Bowen, Joseph Maher, Shea Bowen, Harry Shearer, Gabi, Gina Raymond, Ann Prentiss, Susan Carlsberg, Wesley Mann, Nina Henderson, Tanya Fenmore, Karen Haber, Amy Kirkpatrick, Suzie Plakson, Robert Benedetti, Jay McCaslin, Jim Jackman, Robyn Mandell
Director: Richard Benjamin
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