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movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: K-PAX

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges
Director: Iain Softley
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 125 Minutes
Release Date: October 2001
Genre: Drama

*Also starring: Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack, Brian Howe, Mary Mara, Aaron Paul, David Patrick Kelly

Review by Rainblazer
2½ stars out of 4

Immediately after seeing this movie, I just thought that it was a great movie. However, after thinking over it for a little while, I've decided that it doesn't quite deserve all that much credit.

Jeff Bridges stars as psychiatrist Mark Powell, who accepts a new patient named Prot (Kevin Spacey) to his care. Prot claims to have arrived from the planet K-PAX, which at first brings about laughable skepticism. But, as the film progresses, Prot wows not only Dr. Powell, but also several of Powell's astronomer friends by drawing a model of his area of the solar system. Similarly, all of the medication which has been prescribed to Prot seems to have no effects, an unprecedented event.

Powell is extremely confused, eventually taking Prot to meet his family, and, as mentioned before, taking him to a planetarium where he shows off his astrological skills. The final truths about Prot are quite interesting, but it does shoot down the imaginative "halo" that had been placed around Prot throughout the film.

All in all, K-PAX is a good film to see, if nothing else but to imagine yourself in Powell's position. But the film is rather slow, making you wait for a shocking and fulfilling finish that just never occurs. The film is, for the most part, acceptable for most children to see, but whether or not they'll be interested in it at all is totally in the air.

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