Taglines: To save his planet, an alien must find a woman on Earth to have his baby. There’s just one problem.
A highly advanced civilization, whose citizens feel no emotion and reproduce by cloning, plans to conquer Earth from the inside by sending an operative, fashioned with a humming, mechanical penis, to impregnate a human and stay until the birth. The alien, Harold Anderson, goes to Phoenix as a banker and sets to work finding a mate.
His approaches to women are inept, and the humming phallus doesn’t help, but on the advice of a banking colleague, he cruises an A.A. meeting, meets Susan, and somehow convinces her to marry him. The clock starts to tick: will she conceive, have a baby, and lose Harold (and the child) to his planet before he discovers emotion and starts to care?
What Planet Are You From? is a 2000 American science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Michael Leeson, Garry Shandling, Ed Solomon, and Peter Tolan based on a story by Leeson and Shandling. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Shandling, Annette Bening, Greg Kinnear, Ben Kingsley, Linda Fiorentino, and John Goodman.
What Planet Are You From? opened theatrically on March 3, 2000 in 2,248 venues, earning $3,008,746 in its first weekend and ranking fourteenth in the North American box office. The film ended its run, having grossed $6,291,602 domestically and $7,854,075 overseas for a worldwide total of $14,145,677. Based on a $60 million budget, the film was a box office bomb.
Principal photography began on 19 May 1999 and wrapped on 30 July 1999 and was produced on an estimated $60 million production budget. Filming took place in Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Santa Clarita, California; and in Culver City, California on the Sony Pictures Studio lot. Shandling filmed this movie during a hiatus from filming the troubled production of Town & Country (2001) with Warren Beatty.
What Planet Are You From? (2000)
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Starring: Garry Shandling, Annette Bening, Greg Kinnear, Judy Greer, Ben Kingsley, Linda Fiorentino, John Goodman, Harmony Smith, Caroline Aaron, Nora Dunn
Screenplay by: Michael Leeson, Garry Shandling, Ed Solomon, Peter Tolan
Production Design by: Bo Welch
Cinematography by: Michael Ballhaus
Film Editing by: Richard Marks
Costume Design by: Richard Marks
Set Decoration by: Cheryl Carasik
Art Direction by: Tom Duffield
Music by: Carter Burwell
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: March 3, 2000