In this far-out comedy that slams it to academia, television, and the military, Simon (Alan Arkin) is a puffed-up professor who is boondoggled by a group of geniuses in a think tank. Becker (Austin Pendleton) leads the wacked-out thinkers as they invent off-the-wall games to keep themselves amused instead of solving global problems in ecology or whatever. They manage to convince Simon he is really a space alien, but then Simon gets away from them and takes refuge in a strange commune headed up by a former television executive (Adolph Green) whose bible is TV Guide. Simon's life does not get any easier since he is being hunted by the army with orders to shoot on sight. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
This is a hilarious but dated little scifi comedy. Starring Alan Arkin as a research scientist who emerges from an Isolation Tank to discover he's been tricked into thinking he's an alien.
Claiming his father was a flying saucer and his mother was a toaster, he escapes the lab with the aid of his girlfriend to lead the resistance
via a mobile pirate TV station. Look for Fred Gwynn, Madeline Kahn and Wallace Shawn in excellent supportive roles. Notable quote: "What is the most wonderful thing in the world?...Disco"