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From Other Worlds (2004)

A depressed Brooklyn housewife sleepwalks through her life until she is abducted by UFOs. Determined to solve the mystery of her otherworldly experiences, she embarks on a journey that ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Cara Buono ... Joanne Schwartzbaum
Jay Oakerson ... (as Big Jay)
Isaach De Bankolé ... Abraham
David Lansbury ... Brian Schwartzbaum
Quinn Shephard ... Linda Schwartzbaum
Jonah Meyerson ... Henry Schwartzbaum
Robert Downey Sr. ... Baker
Lori Tan Chinn ... Mrs. Kim
Joel de la Fuente ... Alien
Alberto Vazquez ... Jerry
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman ... Psychiatrist
David Smilow David Smilow ... Science Reporter
Paul Lazar ... Larry
Tyagi Schwartz ... Rosselli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Albanese Dennis Albanese ... Gambler


A depressed Brooklyn housewife sleepwalks through her life until she is abducted by UFOs. Determined to solve the mystery of her otherworldly experiences, she embarks on a journey that leads to both romance and a new meaning of life.

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29 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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"We are on a mission we don't understand." Exactly!
1 June 2019 | by cwjackson-70156See all my reviews

A corny science fiction comedy features a preoccupied homemaker behaving strangely. Because she eventually realizes her conduct was deeply affected to an unexplainable UFO experience. Cara Buono as Joanne Schwartzbaum gives her best Richard Dreyfuss of Close Encounters impression with an emotional female slant. Much of the other performances range from competent to over strong acting to plain awful. Maybe Buono appears bewildered because her character Joanne is unrealistically confusing and does nutty things as buying an ample supply of ice cream flying saucers. Or is it when she is configuring the variable vertical lines of black and white cookies? Those are among the examples of obvious mindlessness having audiences wondering what Director Barry Strugatz is trying to say about his feature film. The silly film score isn't helping much in clarifying its purpose. The movie is gaining a little more sense of direction when Joanne meets a friendly street hustler Abraham (Joel de la Fuente) who had his rooftop UFO experience. With such a significant common share, the two friends connect aiding each other to find answers to the occurrences affecting their lives. Soon to our disbelief, they engage a plan to save humanity. In the movie, Joanne said about her and Abraham, "we are on a mission we don't understand." If you listen carefully, that might be the Strugatz's film crew silently sounding Joanne' same questionable expression. The film contains profanity, the suspicion of a marital affair, scenes with the middle finger gestured. Joanne in a few scenes lifts up her shirt sideway non-sexually to reveal a skin marking before other people. There is an unjust statement of "dumb, Brooklyn girl" and people appearing as if they don't know the Ivory Coast of Africa. I did not finish watching the film; it is so dumbfounding it hurts to continue viewing.

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