The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1991)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Concerts, Satire, Sketch Comedy  |   Release Date - Sep 27, 1991 (USA)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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This filmed version of Lily Tomlin's successful one-woman performance piece is sometimes classified as a "documentary." However, it is one hundred percent from the show and contains nothing but that show, so it could also be classified simply as a comedy/satire. In any case, it features classic characters limned by this versatile performer, whose uncanny sketches predated those by Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Ullman or Sandra Bernhard -- all of whom walk in her footsteps. One of the repeating themes of the show is the avuncular advice of a delightfully addled bag lady who offers her services to help non-Earth aliens understand what they are seeing on this planet. All the skits tie together under the general theme of making fun of high-toned New Age rhetoric, which is a system of beliefs that proves inadequate to address the fundamental woes of everyday life.

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