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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 19. Innerspace (1987)

September 16, 2011

19. Innerspace [DVD]  (1987)

Plot: Vector Scope has chosen Lieutenant Tuck Penelton (Dennis Quaid), for a miniaturization program. The experiment is compromised when the chip making it all possible is stolen.

Pendelton, already miniaturized and inside a syringe, is saved by a scientist who flees the building. When he realizes he’s being followed, he, in an effort to save Tuck’s life, injects him into the body of paranoid local store cashier Jack Putter (Martin Short).

An Adventure of Incredible Proportions (tagline)

Also Starring: Meg RyanKevin McCarthyHenry GibsonFiona LewisVernon Wells
Directed by: Joe Dante
Written by: Jeffrey BoamChip Proser
Length: 120 min
Budget: N/A
Gross Revenue: $25,893,810 (USA)

My Favorite Movie Quote:
Jack Putter
: I’m possessed! 

Review: I read somewhere that Dennis Quaid used to do 2000 sit-ups every day to get his fabulous stomache. Maybe he still does? He did look good in that surfer movie from last year about the girl who loses an arm in a shark attack.

In that one he is married to Helen Hunt, in Innerspace he is boyfriend to Meg Ryan, So I guess he in some ways, even though his stomach has stayed the same, has deteriorated.

And speaking about Meg Ryan, she is so wonderful in this movie it’s hard not to fall in her. She looks so innocent with that crooked smile and sparkle in her eye.

And it’s a love I kept going for many years until it disappeared after watching In the Cut. What can I say? I didn’t think the story was good and also, the jungle scares me.
Martin Short is wonderful too. While I nowadays find him too over the top, here he is more levelled and whenever he “goes over the top” I totally buy it and enjoy every second of it.

Oh, and I realize that the Meg Ryan movie I talked about earlier was actually Proof of Life that came out three years earlier.. There’s a jungle in that one right, and not only a bush?

Nerdiest Movie Trivia AND Oscar Count: The only film directed by Joe Dante to win an Academy Award.

1 Win: Best Effects, Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Bill George, Harley Jessup, Kenneth Smith)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 20. Twelve Monkeys (1995)


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