Men in BlackJuly 2, 1997
Two men who keep an eye on aliens in New York City must try to save the world after the aliens threaten to blow it up.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 7.1/10 (170,265 voted)
Critic's Score: 71/100
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino
Men in Black follows the exploits of agents Kay and Jay, members of a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth. The two Men in Black find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MiB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth. It's just another typical day for the Men in Black.
Writers: Lowell Cunningham, Ed Solomon
Tommy Lee Jones
James Darrel Edwards III
Dr. Laurel Weaver
Chief Agent Zed
Gentle Rosenburg the Arquillian Jeweler
Nick the Van Driver
INS Agent Janus
(as Fredric Lane)
2nd Lt. Jake Jensen
More secretive than the C.I.A. – More powerful than the F.B.I. – And they're looking for a few good men – They are the Men in Black
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Release Date: 2 July 1997
Filming Locations: 54 Macdougal Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $84,133,900
(6 July 1997)
(11 January 1998)
Did You Know?
The MIB headquarters are located in the ventilation tower of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which connects Manhattan with Brooklyn.
The address on the back of the MiB business card goes from being below the logo to above it.
Nick the Van Driver:
Smart, funny spoof that is impossible not to like!
"Men in Black" and "Galaxy Quest" are in my mind the best sci-fi
comedies ever made, because they are both hilarious parodies of two
different cultures. Whereas the latter spoofed obsessed fans who take
sci-fi entertainment WAY too seriously, this one spoofs the paranoid,
tin-foil-hat brand of conspiracy theorists. It has funny characters,
witty lines, and does not at all take itself seriously.
There are a lot of small details that can take multiple viewings to
catch. One thing I found funnier the second time I watched it is the
scene where Will Smith has just been severely lectured by his boss in
the interrogation room when Tommy Lee Jones enters, asks a few
questions, and tells Smith to come with him. Smith: "I can't, there's
still a lot of paperwork to fill out." Jones: "No, the paperwork is all
taken care of." Smith's boss (walking by): "Hey, nice work, Edwards!"
This is one of many quick, funny scenes that you only really get if
you're paying attention.
All the actors do a good job, too. I thought Rip Torn was the funniest
character, and Edgar the bug was hilariously gross. Linda Fiorentino
was one of the coolest female characters ever. She put Ripley to shame.
Every time I watch this, I want to marry her.
Overall, it's a great comedy that is clever and fun all the way
through. 8/10 stars.