Men in Black

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Time Out says

They're here - and they have social security numbers. Aliens are everywhere, just trying to get along like the rest of us, mostly, under the watchful eyes of an extra-governmental police agency, the Men in Black. Agent K (Jones) picks out a New York cop (Smith) to become his new partner, J, initiating him into the secrets of the universe: galactic weaponry, memory erasers and power dressing. At the same time, an unintegrated alien bug takes residence in the (loose-fitting) body of farmer D'Onofrio, with a plan that might mean curtains for the planet. Sonnenfeld's film is just good enough to remind us how lazy most blockbusters have become in the decade since Gremlins and Ghostbusters - hits with a similar hip, relaxed vibe. The personable well-paired stars make the most of a superior script by Ed Solomon ('He said the world was coming to an end.' 'Did he say when?'), and, taking eye-popping special fx in his stride, the director makes adroit use of out-of-this-world NY locations. It's so much fun, in fact, that it's almost over before you realise that you've been watching a great idea for a movie in desperate search of a plot.
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UK release:

1997

Duration:

98 mins

Cast and crew

Screenwriter:

Ed Solomon

Production Designer:

Bo Welch

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Producer:

Laurie MacDonald, Walter F Parkes

Music:

Danny Elfman

Editor:

Jim Miller

Cast:

Rip Torn, Tommy Lee Jones, Siobhan Fallon, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub

Cinematography:

Don Peterman

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