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Arthur Dent is having a bad day. With everything going wrong, he catches a ride on a passing spacecraft with the help of his best friend. He goes off into the unknown and makes some major discoveries about the universal. He finds answers to everything anyone ever wanted to know in an electronic book.
Sci-Fi Comedy Adventure - This is an odd, effects-filled, tongue-in-cheek, dry, unusual, and
very weird film adaptation of the tongue-in-cheek, dry, and unusual
Douglas Adams novel. This is not an accessible science fiction
adventure and broad-appeal humor; this is a quirky picture with cult
status written all over it.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average There's certainly something of Adams in this version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, although perhaps not enough to make it an unqualified success...Whatever the case, although I never doubted that I was watching The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, something was missing.
Roger EbertFull Review Average The movie was more of a revue than a narrative, more about moments than an organizing purpose, and cute to the point that I yearned for some corrosive wit from its second cousin, the Monty Python universe. But of course I do not get the joke. I do not much want to get the joke, but maybe you will.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 143 moviegoer opinions. With opinions this mixed, I will explain them by group. Children enjoyed it very much and this wild, silly story may be most enjoyed by children. Teens, both male and female, loved "Hitchhiker," giving it very high marks. As for the twentysomething's, only around half, both male and female, truly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, many of the remaining half rated it very low. For this age group I would urge caution. Be sure that you like weird and silly movies. Only about half of the adults, both sexes, enjoyed it, with many of the remaining half rating it as an OK/average movie. Again, I would recommend caution. This is a silly, weird story that some will not enjoy.
It all begins with Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), a typical guy having a very bad day. Arthur's house is about to be bulldozed, his best friend turns out to be an alien and, to top things off, it appears that Planet Earth will be demolished in mere seconds to make way for a hyperspace freeway. Arthur's only chance for survival: hitch a quick ride on a passing spacecraft, with the help of his best friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def). Jetting off into the complete unknown, Arthur makes some major, mostly harmless, discoveries about the true nature of the universe. He finds that a towel is the most massively useful thing a person can carry. He uncovers the precise meaning of life. And he learns that the answers to everything anyone ever wanted to know—and plenty that no one in his right mind could possibly have expected—are all to be found in one fantastically entertaining electronic book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.