About this movie
Cast & Crew
Tommy Lee Jones
Becky Ann Baker
- Barry Sonnenfeld
- Walter Parkes
- Laurie MacDonald
- Ed Solomon
- Lowell Cunningham
Men in Black
For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous sensibilities to this adaptation of, appropriately enough, a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi comic book. Will Smith stars as James Darrel Edwards, a New York City cop with an athletic physique and a flippant, anti-authoritarian attitude toward law enforcement. After chasing down a mysterious perpetrator one night who turns out to be an alien, James is recruited by "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), a veteran of a clandestine government agency secretly policing the comings and goings of aliens on planet Earth. Nicknamed the "men in black" for their nondescript uniform of black suit, shoes, tie, and sunglasses, the agents are assigned to recover a bauble that's been stolen by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio). It seems the item is none other than the galaxy itself, and its theft has plunged humanity into the center of what's shaping up to become an interstellar war, unless K and his new wisecracking partner, now renamed "J," can stop the bad guy. On their side but somewhat in the dark is a pretty, unflappable city medical examiner (Linda Fiorentino) who has been zapped one too many times by K's ingenious memory-sapping device. Men in Black was a box office smash, inspiring an animated children's television series and a hit soundtrack album that featured a performance by star (and rapper) Smith.
Reviews by Rotten Tomatoes
percent positive reviews
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Every time the film makes you chuckle, you may also feel it's zapped you with a neuralizer.– Full review
Todd McCarthy, Variety
A wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone.– Full review
David Edelstein, Slate
The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.– Full review
Desson Thomson, Washington Post
It's just the best yuk of the week.– Full review
Derek Adams, Time Out
It's so much fun, in fact, that it's almost over before you realise that you've been watching a great idea for a movie in desperate search of a plot.– Full review
Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
As ragged as the humor is, there still are more hits than misses.– Full review
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