RocketMan | Chicago Reader

RocketMan

Characters who laugh at other characters who fart are supposed to enable us to laugh not only at the farters but with the laughers in this slow, simple comedy, which is neither inventive nor a particularly good showcase for whatever talents its star, Harland Williams, may have. Williams's character, Fred Randall, has designed the operating system of a rocket ship for a mission to Mars; when the astronauts consult him about a glitch in a test program, he inadvertently injures one of them and ends up replacing him. Fred's qualifications include his inside knowledge and uncanny ability to endure isolation by entertaining himself with sock puppets. There's a girl to get, and he gets her—and Jessica Lundy almost makes the transition from being repelled to being intrigued by him believable. Directed by Stuart Gillard, and written by Craig Mazin and Greg Erb.

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