batteries not included Movie Review Summary

Actors: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Dennis Boutsikaris

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Frank Riley (Cronyn) is the elderly owner of Riley's cafe, a business on the ground floor of an old tenement. A developer has cleared several blocks in the entire neighborhood to prepare for a huge group of skyscrapers, but Riley and his somewhat senile wife Faye (Tandy) won't vacate. Neither will several of their neighbors: Harry (McRae), a former boxer who watches TV all day; Mason (Boutsikaris) a young failed painter; and Marisa (Pena) a pregnant Hispanic woman. The developer's henchman has hired a local gang headed by Carlos (Michael Carmine) to terrorize the tenants into moving out, but one day two tiny spaceships show up to even the odds. They're not only friendly, sly, and powerful, but they reproduce! This unlikely and somewhat cloying 1987 fairy tale-comedy has its moments; mostly, it's great to see old pros Cronyn and Tandy do their grouchy and light-headed shtick, respectively.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact    -   Yes Parody movie?    -   Yes Generally friendly 1st contact with aliens?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Earth setting:    -   20th century (1970's to Present) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Big cities?    -   Yes Kind of city    -   Dirty, crime-ridden (like NY)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Tone of movie    -   upbeat Kinds of F/X    -   exotic spaceships    -   exotic aliens

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