Men in Black (1997)

men in blackBy Scott Goldfine

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith star as members of a top-secret organization in charge of policing intergalactic aliens on earth in this jolly and enjoyable action-packed comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld. The duo must track down a renegade alien, known as a “bug,” who is trying to destroy the planet.

Even though this flick is essentially a retread of “Ghostbusters” ― substituting extraterrestrials for supernatural beings — and Smith plays the same role he did in “Independence Day,” the visuals and humor makes it pay off. Rip Torn and Tony Shalhoub join in and do what they do best, deliver the yuks. Rated PG-13.

GRADE: B

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