What Planet Are You From? (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

What Planet Are You From?2000

What Planet Are You From? (2000)



Critic Consensus: Though What Planet Are You From? has some laughs, it's too inconsistent and bland for critics to give it their recommendations.

What Planet Are You From? Photos

Movie Info

Garry Shandling makes his big-screen debut as a leading man in this sci-fi romantic comedy. Harold (Shandling) is an alien from another galaxy sent to Earth on a vital mission: in order to ensure that his civilization will prevail, Harold must impregnate an Earth woman. But he discovers that this is more easily said than done, as he quickly gets a crash course in the arcane rituals of the human courtship process. What's worse, just when Harold thinks he's making progress in Earthbound seduction, he discovers that the males of his planet don't physically interface properly with women on Earth, so he is issued a variety of bizarre gadgets to complete his assignment. Mike Nichols directed What Planet Are You From?, which also features a top-notch supporting cast, including Annette Bening, John Goodman, Ben Kingsley, and Camryn Manheim.

Watch it now


Garry Shandling
as Harold Anderson
John Goodman
as Roland Jones
Greg Kinnear
as Perry Gordon
Ben Kingsley
as Graydon
Judy Greer
as Rebecca
Linda Fiorentino
as Helen Gordon
Nora Dunn
as Madeline
Jane Lynch
as Doreen
Richard Minchenberg
as Dr. Weitzman
Drinda La Lumia
as Drunken Lady
Marjorie Lovett
as Neighbor Woman
Bil Dwyer
as Husband
Jane Morris
as Charity Woman
Michael Dempsey
as Baggage Handler
Octavia Spencer
as Baby Nurse
Ana Mercedes
as Older Nurse
Samantha Smith
as Flight Attendant
Tom Dahlgren
as Minister
Tammy Tavares
as Hologram Woman
Wade Williams
as Planet Man
Phill Lewis
as Other MD
Jack Sydow
as Minister
Tom Dorfmeister
as Heavy Man
Neil Machlis
as Dr. Tom
Mike Gottfried
as Football Announcer
Dr. Jerry Punch
as Football Announcer
Janeane Garofalo
as Nervous Woman (uncredited)
View All

News & Interviews for What Planet Are You From?

Critic Reviews for What Planet Are You From?

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (23)

Shandling and director Mike Nichols find a funny new way of packaging the old truth in What Planet Are You From?

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Bening, even in a formula role like this one, is so lovable she actually makes you believe that she'd melt the resolve of a technocratic space visitor.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B | Full Review…


January 1, 2000

Consistently humorous, often downright funny.

January 1, 2000

A testicle-tweaking satire on men trying to get in touch with feelings most of them didn't know they had.

January 1, 2000

Easily the funniest movie of the year.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for What Planet Are You From?


i liked this when i first watched it. It has an impressive cast and a funny concept, it gets boring after a while

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer


I watched this movie really wasted, so I'm not sure if this review is really all that fair. From what I remember there are some great, funny scenes from a really talented cast. Kinnear has some really funny asshole moments and John Goodman seems to make anything work. Annette Bening is the definition of a cougar and really brings a real levity to a lot of really stupid situations. The film is cute and inventive at the opening, but then gets bogged down by some really lame stuff. Shandling is funny, but there is this whole running away from the bad guys scene which really turned the movie into a stupid chase film in an already reaching plot. Either way, not terrible and a good way to pass the time while you are waiting for everyone to pass out so you can fall asleep on the couch.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer


I can't believe Mike "The Graduate" Nichols directed THIS.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

What Planet Are You From? Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features