Simon

When a group of scientists decide to create an alien, they choose Simon, a psychology professor, for the experiment. They brainwash him into believing he's an alien.


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Simon
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

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      3.0

      DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER

      By muirbeachedna

      from MIOR BEACH,CA

      About Me Casual Viewer

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      Pros

      • Original

      Cons

      • Not What I Expected

      Best Uses

      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about Simon:

      I DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN.

       
      5.0

      A Scream!

      By Tom

      from Indianapolis, IN

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          Comments about Simon:

          Alan Arkin and Madeline Kahn shine in Marshall Brickman's scathing satire of 70's culture. Arkin is in top form and utterly hysterical as Simon Mendelssohn, a somewhat self-centered college professor who has more enthusiasm than brains. Simon is selected as the ideal guinea pig for the latest project of The Institute For Advanced Concepts, a government thinktank gone awry. They brainwash Simon into believing he is an extra-terrestrial merely to examine the social impact. The plan backfires when the public buys into Simon's demented ravings and delusions of grandeur. Written and directed by Marshall Brickman, who wrote screenplays for several Woody Allen films. I love this movie, my sides ache from laughter every time I watch it. Yet another gem that finally got the DVD release it so richly deserved.

           
          5.0

          Great forgotten classic cult comedy!

          By Mr. Fox

          from CA

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Informative
          • Original

          Cons

          • Anamorphic Issue

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          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • Manipulating Media

          Comments about Simon:

          Such a wonderful movie. Goof-ball and dry in turns. A definite companion to Woody Allen's early work and precursor to Wes Anderson's hi brow tomfoolery. Just a funny, great little movie that skewers media, modern life, government and everything in between. I highly recommend it, though it is quite dated at times. But so what? It's awesome.

           
          5.0

          The image transfer is excellent !!!

          By Jim the Moviegoer

          from Fall River, MA

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            Comments about Simon:

            The remastered image is excellent, and it's about time. Previously, it was only available on an unremastered VHS edition. The only drawbacks are that it does not have extras, i.e., a documentary on the making of the film, outtakes, or interviews with surviving cast members, even if only on a 2nd audio track. Still, all in all, I'm glad that it's been remastered. For me, it ranks with such dark comedies as Dr. Strangelove and Network.

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            4.0

            Good-looking DVD copy

            By M. Appeal

            from New York, NY

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              Comments about Simon:

              Simon is the first VHS I bought when I got my first VCR, so I am ecstatic to finally have it on DVD. This innovative 1980 comedy might be perceived as a bit dated today (because others have lifted its material over the years), but still Alan Arkin's evolution routine alone makes it worth seeing, and cherishing.

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