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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Phil the Alien

**** Phil the Alien. Comedy/science fiction.

Directed by: Rob Stefaniuk
Starring: Rob Stefaniuk, Nicole deBoer, Graham Greene

We got this DVD for Curran for Christmas.

An alien (Rob Stefaniuk) comes to earth, and the first person he meets is a backwoods kid who introduces him to alcohol and names him "Phil." Phil quickly gets hooked on the alcohol, then discovers religion and joins a Christian rock band and goes on tour. Somewhere in there he ends up living with a talking beaver, and running from government agents.

"Quirky" doesn't begin to describe this. Maybe "Canadian" does. Or maybe that's just because the only movie I can think to compare it to, Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter, is also Canadian. It's funny and silly and irreverent and skewed and full of obscure and not-so-obscure references. I wouldn't call it great cinema, but it's a heck of a lot of fun.

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