1 hour, 30 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for bawdy and suggestive humor, action and some language.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Gag reel; Crew Confessions; featurette
Eddie Murphy ... Dave / Captain
Elizabeth Banks ... Gina Morrison
Gabrielle Union ... No. 3 - Cultural Officer
Scott Caan ... Dooley
Ed Helms ... No. 2 - 2nd In Command
Kevin Hart ... No. 17
Mike O'Malley ... Knox
Pat Kilbane ... No. 4 - Security Officer
Judah Friedlander ... Engineer
Marc Blucas ... Mark
Faced with impending doom, the two-inch-tall residents of planet Nil send a man-shaped spaceship (Eddie Murphy "Norbit") to earth with the intention of killing off the barbaric humans so they can use earth's resources. They land in New York, with a mission to locate a pebbly orb that has the power to drain any body of water it comes into contact with. This, of course, could spell disaster for the Earth's surface.
The tiny space explorers have named their ship Dave and they try to assimilate into New York City which becomes simple when Dave is coincidentally hit by a truck driven by Gina Morrison (Elizabeth Banks "Spider-Man") whose son Josh (Austyn Lynd Myers) has found the elusive mini-meteor. After a schoolyard bully steals it, Josh and Dave try to track it down, while Gina becomes interested in Dave, despite his oddities and quirks. But Dave has also sparked the interest of a cop (Scott Caan "Ocean's 13") who believes in extra-terrestrials and is anxious to locate one.
Meanwhile, the miniature ship's crew becomes fascinated with earth customs while it's cultural officer (Gabrielle Union "Daddy's Little Girls"), is falling for her boss, the Captain. Before long romance and mutiny are in the air as the goofy ship's officer (Ed Helms "Evan Almighty"), leads a mutiny to take over the ship and complete their mission.
This inventive idea could have made a hilarious adventure comedy with satiric social overtones, but director Brian Robbins ("Norbit") and screenwriters Rob Greenberg and
Bill Corbett don't even try. It's like they're hoping that Eddie Murphy will be able to spin comedy out of thin air. And in some ways he does, despite the lack of a firm hand in control.
Most of the film seems oddly flat and never quite matches its promising concept which must have looked good in print. Still, despite plenty of potty humor, it's passable family fare, with enough laugh-out-loud moments to entertain, but barely.