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Earthbound (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 15 March 2013 (Ireland)
Joe is an Alien on Earth. At least that is what his father told him before he died when Joe was eleven. He finds it difficult to adjust, and to find a compatible girl friend.

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Alan Brennan

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Alan Brennan
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Credited cast:
Rafe Spall ... Joe Norman
Jenn Murray ... Maria
Stephen Hogan ... Dr.Richard Webb
David Morrissey ... Bill Norman
Rory Keenan ... Gordon
Aoife Duffin ... Liz
Carrie Crowley ... Vera Ellis
John Lynn John Lynn ... Phil
Milo Pilkington Massey Milo Pilkington Massey ... Young Joe
Ned Dennehy ... Kilson
Peter Vollebregt ... Brett 'Rocky' Calhoun
Robert Bannon ... Jimmy
Jonathan Byrne Jonathan Byrne ... Dave
Fionnuala O'Shea Fionnuala O'Shea ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brennan John Brennan ... Boy in park
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Young Joe is an alien living on Earth. At least that's what his father told him before he died when Joe was eleven. His father unsuccessfully wrote sci-fi stories, and Joe loves sci-fi. He has been told that he must not deal with humans, unless they are more than 85 percent compatible with himself. When we meet Joe again, he is 26, and the fantasy keeps him going. But is it a fantasy, or is it real? Joe's life changes radically when he meets a more than 85 percent compatible girl. Can Joe trust himself? Does he know what's real?

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Is Joe really from outer space?...or is he just on another planet?


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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (Ireland) See more »

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Czlowiek z kosmosu See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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2.35 : 1
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Sci-fi and romance that has some suspense
1 August 2017 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

I doubt anyone expects this to be in a league with Star Wars. Instead it is a nice romantic story that keeps you in suspense. Is Joe going to choose his heroic delusion, or a normal life with his true love? The movie did a good job of taking you back and forth over which it was.

Although the story about a superhero struggling with thinking he was delusional has been done a few times, this is still a cute story. A lot of that is thanks to Jenn Murray who plays the absolutely perfect love interest for a dreamer. She is no Marylin Monroe, but she is as sweet as pure sugar and just as lovable. Whatever Maria did, she was always in love with Joe.

Rafe Spall does a good job in Joe's totally naive acceptance of his dad's alien story and still manages to make fun of it just as the movie makes fun of itself and the space hero genre.

Humor is spread throughout the movie. The producers turn their low budget into a strength by using ray guns that look like toys and using other props in the same way. It's all part of the satire. Not to say there aren't a couple of decent special effects.


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