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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Earthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend is an alien and to top things off, Planet Earth is about to be demolished to make...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

May 1, 2005
The movie definitely had a few good laughs and unless you like the British sense of humor/sight gags/satire this may not be the movie for you.
May 3, 2005
If there was a story concealed in those seemingly unconnected scenes, the director/producers did a good job of hiding it. My advice is to save your money, rent, or borrow from the library, a copy of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, do a bag of popcorn in the microwave, and sit down to a couple of hours of genuine charming entertainment. Hitchhikers is, to put it bluntly, just plain stupidity put to film.

It strongly re-enforced my deep feelings that Hollywood doesn't know how to, or doesn't care about making decent, satisfying entertainment. It will take some mighty strong convincing to get me into a theatre again.
May 5, 2005
I have never read any of Douglas' Adams books, so I went into this movie pretty much blind, not knowing what to expect. The first fifteen or so minutes are very promising and very funny, but after that the film sort of settles into its own quirkiness and it's no longer quite as fresh as it seemed at first. The visuals are absolutely astounding and they're more or less what kept me interested as the film went on. I especially like the fact that they went mostly with puppets and costumes to create the outlandish creatures and stayed away from the CGI aliens that are sure to plague "Star Wars Ep. III".

The cast of "Hitchhiker's Guide" is very good. The all strike just the right notes and wring some chuckles out of the script. Especially funny were Alan Rickman as the voice of Marvin the Manic-Depressive Robot and Bill Nighy as some loopy guy with a funny name.

The cast, effects, and direction are all great, so what's missing? Laughs. I only laughed hard a few times, and I didn't chuckle or even snicker very much at all. This film just wasn't that funny, and with such a loose story the lack of laughs was all the more apparent. Sure, the characters are charming and there are some clever satirical jabs here and there, but not enough to sustain a 2 hour film. My main problem with this film is that I can name several ways in which it could have been better, possibly even great, starting with cutting out some incredibly needless and unsatisfying romance and a bizarrely pointless subplot involving a so-weird-he's-scary John Malkovich. The fact that I was ticking off ways this movie could have been one of the best I've seen in awhile "if only they'd done (blank)" is sort of sad, because what we're left with a strangely hollow, yet still more or less enjoyable, sci-fi romp. **1/2 out of 4.
May 7, 2005
I'm a big fan of the Douglas Adams series, so I knew what to expect when I sat down to watch this movie. Expect some good laughs, but don't expect it to recreate the book. I don't think it's possible to do that with a movie, but this one make an impressive attempt. Not a "see now" because it dragged at times, and I really just wanted to read the book when I left the theater.
May 25, 2005
"The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is mostly a fun ride though the solar system. I saw the BBC mini-series that was played on PBS when I was a teenager. Memories of that mini-series came back to me as I watched the movie.It was funny and amusing. Even the depressed robot was fun. the book was based on the novel by douglas Adams is a survival guide for those who must search the universe after the home world blows up.
Jul 23, 2005
Fun and full of fantasy!
Jul 27, 2005
There was no point to the movie, it was really boring and it wasted a couple hours of my life.

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