My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) is an American comedy, science fiction, romance movie that was filmed in three locations in California. Director Richard Benjamin (Westworld (1973), Catch-22 (1970), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Goodbye, Columbus (1969)) did an incredible delightful job executing one of my favorite childhood movies. I gave this movie a seven because I love this movie in the late 1980s and have watched it several times throughout my childhood. I still enjoy watching this movie today with my kids, and it is one of my favorite oldies movies. The film does contain a lot of sexual content that is not graphic where moaning can be heard but as a child, it meant nothing to me because I had no knowledge what that was. There is one very sexual dance scene that is a norm to present day and is seen in cartoons so it might be okay for kids to watch, all depending on the parents. There are a lot of sexual dialogues but again, kids might not understand it and overlook it.
My Stepmother Is an Alien revolves around Celeste (Kim Basinger - L.A. Confidential (1997), Batman (1989), 8 Mile (2002), Cellular (2004)) who is an alien. Celeste was sent to Earth on a secret mission to investigate what can affect gravity and what was used to cause it. Celeste’s home planet, Cosine N to the 8th had a disruption of gravity and believed they are being attacked. She carries a purse that can conjure up anything she wants and also contains an alien device that looks like a tentacle with an eye that is used to help her with her human encounters on Earth. Celeste crashes a party and draws attention to herself after making references to TV shows and events dating back to 92 years ago. It took her planet 92 years to collect what they assume to be present information from Earth.
Steven Mills (Dan Aykroyd - Ghostbusters (1984), The Blues Brothers (1980), Ghostbusters II (1989), Trading Places (1983)) is a widowed scientist. Steven is working on experiments that will send radio waves into deep space. After a few events, Steven’s 13-year-old daughter Jessie (Alyson Hannigan - How I Met Your Mother (2005), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), American Pie (1999), American Reunion (2012)) becomes suspicious of Celeste’s bizarre weird behaviours. Some of the weird behaviors Jessie is suspicious about are Celeste using her bare hands to pull out boiled eggs from extremely hot water, consuming car batteries and other outrageous, unbelievable things. Jessie tries hard to convince her father that Celeste is not normal, but her father does not agree and asks Celeste to marry him just a few days after knowing her.
Celeste eventually admits to Jessie that she is from somewhere else and that her world does not know what emotions feel like. Celeste’s mission is extremely hard because she now has feelings for Steven and Jessie and finds it hard to return home after completing her mission. Celeste uses her powers to save Jessie from being hit by a car after she runs away from her father. Steven finally believes Jessie after realizing that Celeste is an alien. Celeste’s home world leaders want her to destroy Earth but will she? Many readers might question why I gave this movie a score of seven because it had flaws, plot holes, and overall, it was not perfect. It is a children’s movie and kids do not look for perfection but instead watch movies with an open mind and like movies for what it delivers in the entertainment aspect. I love the message the movie delivers where love can conquer anything, and it gave many more message regarding life and love. The actors might have overacted in some scenes, but they gave beautiful performances for a movie made in the early 1980s.
About My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan, Earl Boen, Jon Lovitz, Juliette Lewis, Joseph Maher, Adrian Sparks, Amy Kirkpatrick, Jim Doughan, Kim Basinger, Tony Jay, Kevin McDermott, Peter Bromilow, Wesley Mann, Max Wasa, Tanya Fenmore, Karen Haber, Chere Rae, Suzie Plakson, Robert Benedetti, Jay McCaslin, Jim Jackman, Robyn Mandell, Lisa Croisette, Sophia Bowen, Shea Bowen, Harry Shearer, Gabi, Gina Raymond
Director: Richard Benjamin
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