In this sci-fi comedy from executive producer George Lucas, Howard the Duck is an extra-terrestrial fowl who is accidentally beamed to earth by physicist Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) and his assistant Phil (Tim Robbins). The two go looking for Howard and find him in the home of Beverly Switzer (Lea Thompson), who was rescued by the interstellar duck from some mean-looking thugs. Beverly and Phil are friends, and when the government finds out about Howard, she helps Phil and Dr. Jenning hide him from the authorities until they can zap him back home. In the meantime, several wild chases and spectacular special effects keep the picture rolling along. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
The problem with this movie is that it takes itself seriously (confirmed in the special feature interviews with the directors, who just complain and make excuses). Had it been 30 minutes shorter, it might have passed for one of those great terrible films, but as it stands it's boring, unfunny, and not entirely engaging in its plot. It may be entertaining for some children, but the very adult themes in the movie would suggest that it was also meant for adults, who are left somewhat unsatisfied.
As a big fan of the comic book in the seventies this had to be one of the worst movies I and my wife have ever seen. If we'd seen this at a theater we would have left. There are no highlights to be mentioned. Ninety minutes of my life I can't get back.