It Came From The Sky

It Came From the Sky" is an odd little romantic drama that's mildly entertaining and frequently quite strange.

With:
Donald Bridges - John Ritter Alice - JoBeth Williams Jarvis Moody - Christopher Lloyd Pepper Upper - Yasmine Bleeth Andy - Kevin Zegers

“It Came From the Sky” is an odd little romantic drama that’s mildly entertaining and frequently quite strange. The far-fetched yarn about a small plane that crash-lands on the roof of a suburban home is a straight-to-video item that’s not going to attract much interest beyond the confines of the Yasmine Bleeth fan club.

Texan millionaire Jarvis Moody (Christopher Lloyd) and his bubbly g.f. with the unlikely moniker Pepper Upper (Bleeth) are set to fly to Las Vegas to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Pic intercuts between scenes in Moody’s private plane and the strained goings-on in the Bridges household. Donald Bridges (John Ritter) and his wife, Alice (JoBeth Williams), are constantly snapping at each other, and both are having a hard time coping with their 13-year-old kid, Andy (Kevin Zegers), who has learning disabilities.

Tall tale takes turn for the surreal when Moody’s plane goes out of control and ends up ripping right through the roof of the Bridges homestead. Moody and his pal, who is a former exotic dancer, casually stroll out of the wreckage unscathed and proceed to shake up Donald and Alice’s emotionally empty lives. Before you know it, everyone is line-dancing to country tunes in the living room and Pepper Upper is helping put Andy to sleep — and making sure he has sweet dreams — by showcasing some of her sexier dance moves in his bedroom.

Writer-helmer Jack Bender presents story in fairly pedestrian fashion, and he steps back from playing up the humorous potential of the offbeat material. Lloyd hams it up big-time as the drawling Southerner with a penchant for tired old aphorisms, and Bleeth has little to do but wear skimpy outfits and act ditzy. Ritter and Williams deliver somnambulant perfs.

Tech credits are just OK.

It Came From The Sky

Production: A Le Monde Entertainment production. (International sales: Le Monde Entertainment, Los Angeles.) Produced by Ronna Slutske. Co-producer, Vicky Herman. Executive producers, John Fremes, Jack Bender. Directed, written by Jack Bender.

With: Donald Bridges - John Ritter Alice - JoBeth Williams Jarvis Moody - Christopher Lloyd Pepper Upper - Yasmine Bleeth Andy - Kevin ZegersCamera (color), Tom Del Ruth; editor, Mark Melnick; music, Lee Hodridge; costumes, Tim Chappel; production designer, Richard Sawer; casting, Mary Gail Artz, Barbera Cohen. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 20, 1998. Running time: 88 MIN.

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