I survived The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
2.6/5 (amazon 3.3/5 even split, imdb 3.6/10, rotten tomatoes 6%)
By far, the best lunar film on August 16 2002 staring Randy Quaid and John Cleese with assistant director Frank Capra.
It has little to do with the 1966 novel "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert A. Heinlein or "The Long Run: A Tale of the Continuing Time" by Daniel Keys Moran -- I may be the only person to ever mention them in conjunction with Pluto Nash, but I think it's clear that all three have the moon in them.
Just put your expectations of aside and watch the movie, it's actually better than just about everything on television these days. Despite the staggering amount of money lost, this is not one of the all-time cinematic disasters.
Hillary Clinton, often a fan of Sci Fi writers, makes her appearance on the $10,000 dollar bill. And space suits look even dorkier than they did in cheap sci-fi films that get laughed at on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
It's Quaid who almost steals the show as the out-of-date robot. His wacky facial mannerisms and gigantic, perpetual grin (we're told he's high on a happy chip) are simple fun. It's just one of the strangest pieces of acting anyone's ever seen.
Alissa Kramer and Heidi Kramer (twins), also known as Star Trek Voyager's Delaney sisters, make an appearance.
Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)
Gross: $4,420,080 (USA)
I am a huge fan of good, funny sci-fi flicks. I have to shake my head and wonder what the f*^k those folks that bashed this movie were expecting? I mean really. I was expecting (hoping for) complete silliness. This delivers nonsense in great heaps. If you are an Eddie Murphy fan, then this is Eddie at his most absurd! If you liked the Fifth Element, this is even better! The effects are great, the chick is FINE, and the jokes are non-stop. I laughed out loud I don't know how many times.
This film is so terrible that adjectives such as "stinking" and "abomination" flee for their lives when trying to describe its appallingness.
John Cleese does in fact make a cameo appearance in this flop. It is a tribute to the negative genius of the scriptwriters that he manages to deliver not a single humorous line during the entire shemozzle. Halfway through, I was rolling on the floor pounding my head in pain and yelling out for someone to give me a lobotomy, just so I wouldn't have to think about how lame and awful this movie was.
This "movie" wasn't even screened to critics prior to its release. It firebombed at the box office
First there was "Howard the Duck;" then came "Ishtar;" now we have "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," a film so misguided in its conception and so ham-handed in its execution that it can take its rightful place among the great cinematic blunders of all time.
The story is banal, the acting stilted, the humor nonexistent. Most shocking of all are the alleged "action" sequences, which look as if they were shot and staged by some precocious junior high school students working on a class project for extra credit. Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Pam Grier, Peter Boyle, John Cleese, and, above all, Randy Quaid - all fine actors under other circumstances - are made to look as ridiculous as possible, running around like mad trying to take all this seriously and pretend that they AREN'T stuck in one of the legendary bombs of all time.
I am delighted this movie is coming to DVD. It is absolutely awful--and sitting through it is like sitting through a 90-minute car wreck. The story is absurd and pointless, and it's fun to try and imagine at what point in filming Eddie Murphy gave up and just started to mail it in. Thanks to the DVD medium, not only can we watch this mess again and again (it's sure to become a cult classic), we can also gain some insight by listening to the director's commentary. [Except there's no director's commentary on my DVD] This is a movie that's so bad, so misguided, and so poorly executed that one can only wonder "what in the world were they thinking?!" Movies like that don't come along every day (or do they?) and you have to enjoy them while you can. This DVD is a MUST HAVE purchase!
"Robot Chicken: I'm Trapped (#4.3)" (2008)
- The aftermath of "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" is shown when over 57 people killed themselves after watching the movie.
Rosario Dawson, Randy Quaid, and Eddie Murphy
watching the movie "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"