The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

Author: Earl MacRauch
Director: W.D. Richter
Actors: Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd

Publisher: Santa Monica, CA: MGM Home Entertainment 1984

Classification: PG
Genre: Fantasy, adventure, romance
Media Type: movie

Grade level: 6-Adult

Reader's annotation: World-renowned scientist, rock musician, surgeon, and adventurer has developed the Overthruster which takes him to the 8th dimension and back again. Once aliens steal it Buckaroo and his band of men (with a couple women along for the ride) have to reclaim before they destroy earth.

This movie has more costume changes and identity changes than any other I can think of. Opening with Buckaroo finishing up in the operating room, he goes off to his test drive of the Overthruster which takes him through a mountain and out the other side by rearranging the molecules to let him pass through. Then he and his band of followers are off to a press conference where his Overthruster is stolen by John Lithgow who plays an alien. One of the zaniest movies you will ever see, that is just the beginning.

Evaluation: A timeless crazy adventure that almost all teens will find some part of that they can relate to, whether it is the adventure, the musicians, the romance, the aliens or the fast cars. Somehow the story holds together even though it jumps from one wild adventure to the next. This is the type of movie that you want to watch again every year or so.

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