Review Date: August 15, 2002
Director: Ron Underwood
Writer: Neil Cuthbert
Producers: Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman
Jay Mohr was also entertaining for the little time that he was on screen, while the film's greatest attribute was probably its set design, gadgets and special effects which were all pretty impressive (word on the street is that the flick cost about $80 million, so you'd better hope that the effects were good). Unfortunately for everyone involved, the movie doesn't really attain any type of momentum and rarely achieves any degree of tension or all-out fun. It does include a couple of decent shoot-outs and a space chase scene though, but overall, it's basically Murphy running around from place to place, with name actors coming in and out every other scene (including Joe Pantaliano, Pam Grier, Illeana Douglas, Peter Boyle, Burt Young...). Randy Quaid also has a very big part in the movie as Murphy's assistant robot and I thought that he was atrocious. Other members of the audience seemed to dig his faux-robot antics, but he was too over-the-top, unfunny and obvious for me. I did dig on "Babette" the female robot who had a nifty habit of always leaning over in her maid's outfit though...nice! Overall, the film really doesn't entertain by many means and does very little to help Murphy escape his new reputation as the "has been comedian" (and God knows the upcoming I SPY looks just as bad). The movie is certainly not worth leaving your home to see in the theaters but you might want to rent it on video, if only for the decent sets and handful of interesting cameos. "Keep moving folks...there's nothing to see here."