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Men in White (1998)

Spoof of recent science fiction films including all of the obvious choices and "Dr. Strangelove" finds two garbage men defeating an alien invasion.

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Scott P. Levy (as Scott Levy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas F. Wilson ... Ed Klingbottom (as Tom Wilson)
Karim Prince ... Roy Dubro
M. Emmet Walsh ... Junior Assistant Dispatch Trainee Stanley Snyder
Brion James ... General
Wigald Boning Wigald Boning ... Strangemeister
Ben Stein ... Men in Strangemeister's Head
George Kennedy ... General Vice
Donna D'Errico ... Press Secretary
Barry Bostwick ... President Smith
Rodger Halston ... Glaxxon
Don Stroud ... Old Bob
John Bishop ... G-Man
Charles Philip Moore Charles Philip Moore ... Alien #1
John Rizzi John Rizzi ... Alien #2
Sebastian Mitzig Sebastian Mitzig
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Storyline

Two garbagemen (Tom Wilson, Karim Prince) are picked up by aliens to be experimented on and they become the lead in stopping the ultimate alien invasion which is secretly being planned by a weak Dr. Strangelove clone (Wigald Boning as Strangemeister). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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No gravity, no oxygen, no brains... no problem.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Men in White See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Saban Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As the Men in White test the alien weapon, you can see the charge blow up next to a blue Power Ranger. Karim Prince played the blue Power Ranger in the series. See more »

Goofs

In numerous scenes where Roy and Ed are in the truck while it is being driven, the emergency brake is clearly on. See more »

Connections

References Dark Star (1974) See more »

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Cheap, nasty, unfunny, poorly acted and practically an insult to all but the most juvenile of viewers
23 August 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The world is in trouble – alien abductions are on the rise as they prepare for a full invasion and the President's main adviser, Dr Strangemeister, is part of the conspiracy to facilitate it. When two dumb bin men escape the aliens, Dr Strangemeister figures he can meet the demands of the President to put people on the case and the demands of the aliens to keep it all quiet by putting Ed and Roy on the job as special agents. Whether they know it or not, Ed and Roy take on the aliens to prevent invasion.

When I watched this film I knew that it would not be that great but I had hoped it would be a reasonable spoof but I was not prepared for just how stupid, unfunny and cheap the whole thing would be. For me to waste my time and your time discussing a plot that is little more than a very basic frame of this stupid live-action cartoon would be to give it more credit than it even deserves. Suffice to say that this film has no real story other than a very spoof aping of other films. This wouldn't be a problem if the film was even funny once or twice but it really isn't at all – not even once. Not only that but the tone is just unrelentingly silly and is simply only suitable for those under-ten. At one point even one of the characters remarks that 'our target audience will be in bed in an hour' at which point it was only 1630 – but I still thought he was right!

The writing is very poor and the jokes are lame from start to finish – I'm sure some of them worked on paper but none of them were funny on screen and the hyper delivery a la Tom & Jerry just made it feel even less enjoyable. And if you think the writing makes the film cheap then wait until you see the 'special' effects – they are dire, even for a television movie they are laughable inept and not helped by the casts' total inability to convincingly interaction with any of the computer stuff! In fact generally the whole cast are rubbish, partly due to the material but also partly due to their inability to deliver even average lines well. That Wilson and Prince are awful will be no surprise after you see them mugging like mad in the opening scene – and they continue this throughout. However what was a surprise was how poor people like Bostwick, Kennedy and Walsh were – I can only assume they were short of cash because they were rubbish even when given average lines (some of Bostwick's lines could have been worth a laugh or two if the delivery hadn't been so bad).

Overall this is awful and I add my voice to the long list of those imploring you to listen to our cry of 'stay away'! The jokes are rubbish, the delivery awful, the plot woeful and the whole film is only suitable for the under 10's. The special effects are visibly cheap and nasty but the whole film smacks of the same standard and I actually gave up on it with 20 minutes to go. The lowest point for me is a brutally unfunny running gag based on one of the funniest films ever – Dr Strangelove – can we have no sense of respect for greatness?


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