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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Sam Rockwell , Mos Def , Garth Jennings    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Don't panic! After twenty years stuck in development (a mere blink compared to how long it takes to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has finally been turned into a movie. Following the radio play, TV series, commemorative towel, and books, this latest installment in the sci-fi-comedy franchise is based on the screenplay and detailed notes by Douglas Adams.

Hitching a ride.

For those unfamiliar with the story, everyman Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) wakes up one morning to discover that his house is set to be demolished to make room for a bypass. Little does he know the entire planet Earth is also set to be destroyed for an interplanetary bypass by the Vogons, a hideous and bureaucratic race of aliens realized in the film by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Whisked off the planet by his best friend, alien-in-disguise Ford Prefect (Mos Def), Dent embarks on a goofy jaunt across the galaxy accompanied by his trusty Hitchhiker's Guide, which looks like a really fancy PDA.

Enduring Vogon poetry.

The guide itself provides some of the funniest bits of the movie, little animated shorts that explain the ludicrous life forms and extraterrestrial phenomena our heroes encounter. Along the way Arthur meets the two-headed party animal/president of the galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) and develops an unrequited crush on fellow earthling Trillian (Zooey Deschanel). The creatures and sets are inspired and answer to the sci-fi fan's primal need to see lots and lots of cool stuff. In particular, there's John Malkovich's creepy, CGI-enhanced Humma Kavula. He's a guru leading a religion that worships the gigantic nose that allegedly sneezed the universe into existence (naturally all their prayers end not with "Amen" but with "Bless you.") The aliens the team encounters are inspired creations, eminently worthy of action figure-ification, and the sets belie an attention to detail worthy of freeze-framing. Fans of the other Hitchhiker manifestations, namely the British TV series, will be amused by a number of in-jokes sprinkled throughout the movie.

Concept art: The Heart of Gold pod on the planet Vogsphere

Where the story stumbles is in the telling--as books, the Hitchhiker's Guide was foremost about goofy and brilliant ideas that raised questions about our place in the universe while getting a laugh. The cast seems at times bewildered, at least when Sam Rockwell isn't picking pieces of scenery out of his teeth, perhaps a natural reaction to an adaptation of a book with no traditional plot. The movie has enough trouble figuring out how to get the characters from one fantastical location to the next that Adams's funniest concepts often feel left in the dust. While the reverence the filmmakers felt toward Adams's legacy is apparent, one wonders what we could have expected had the creator of this science fiction universe lived to see it with his own eyes. -- Ryan Boudinot

A Guide to the Guide

The Soundtrack

The Radio Play (CD)

The TV Series

The Hitchhiker Trilogy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase (audio recording)

The Filming of the Douglas Adams Classic (book)

Special Features

Deleted Scenes -- Bulldozed right out of the movie

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Ride! Dec 26 2005
I've noticed that this movie has received mixed reviews from critics and fans of the books, but if you're like me and you've never been exposed to Douglas Adams' universe, then you'll love "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for what it is: a wacky, fun, sci-fi comedy!
I found it to be so unlike most run-of-the-mill comedies that are churned by Hollywood year after year. It was totally fresh and original, with a surprising amount of intelligence. The general tone of the humour reminds me slightly of The Monty Pythons, so if you enjoy the group's style, I'm sure you'll like this, too. Also, as a person with a passion for physics, I can't stop laughing at how the laws of physics are totally abused in this film! And the theme song with the dolphins... it's TOO funny!
The cast was absolutely fantastic. I adored Martin Freeman as the sweet but spineless Arthur Dent (yes, I do like my men sweet and spineless! ^_~), Zooey Deschanel is perfect as the bright and assertive Trillian (a great female role model; no doubt one of the very few who isn't turned into a sex object in the realm of sci-fi), Sam Rockwell's Zaphod Beeblebrox is wonderfully over-the-top as the incompetent and dim-witted President of the Galaxy, and Mos Def is fun as the cool, street smart Ford. Marvin (voiced by the legendary Alan Rickman) is the cutest robot I've ever seen and should be the posterboy for unipolar depression! (As a psychology student, I'd like to point out that he does NOT suffer from manic depression, a.k.a bipolar disorder. Douglas Adams and the screenwriters should've researched this a little bit more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the books, but still great. June 6 2009
To the guy below, "darkgenius," you do know the screenplay was written by Douglas Adams don't you? that pretty much destroys your entire rant. if you knew anything about this movie or the writing god that is Douglas Adams, you would have done your research before writing that pathetically ignorant essay.

Anyways, the books are masterpieces, the tv show is dated, but still great. This movie had perfect casting, but the tone kind of fell short and they left a lot of the source material out. great movie though and worthy of the hitchhikers name. could have been better, but still great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book.... Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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....and just had to see the movie. Again Amazon came through with flying colours. The movie got bad reviews, but I dug it. It is what it is. Is that Professor Snape? I think it is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous Sept. 22 2013
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this dvd is a must have for every geek. it's a good sci-fi movie and it has really good special effects
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4.0 out of 5 stars Un film à ne pas prendre au sérieux. Aug. 6 2013
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C'est drôle, léger, humoristique et bien acté.
Je cherche encore la signification de la réponse à la grande question sur l'univers et tout le reste: 42...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindbending March 28 2006
I will not recommend this movie for people who haven't read at least two or three of Douglas Adams' books on hitchhiking. For people who don't read, this will bring minimum amount of satisfaction; for the movie just doesn't have enough time to make you experience Adams' universe.
OK, you want to buy this stuff and not read the book? Fine, I'm sure you'll meet lots of people like you in the movie. But don't complain that it was cheesy :)
I mean, get the books! Read them first, then get the movie, hey, where's your towel anyway?
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5.0 out of 5 stars pas pire pantoute Jan. 29 2014
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cé donc ben l'fun acheter des affaires, tsé quand t'a l'gout de te sentir en vie, y a rien comme sortir ta carte de crédit
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie Aug. 8 2013
By kaitlyn
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im reading the wacky books and the movie is awesome its out there and creative Douglas Adams is a fun intelligent storyteller great for people who like a crazy story that kinda makes no sense but can make you laugh!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent produit, accompli ce qu'il doit effectuer.
Published 1 month ago by Al;ain Forget
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up
Love this movie

I'm not going to write a novel about the products I buy, if they suck ill let people know but otherwise you get a 2-3 word review then this message
Published 15 months ago by Nin
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
For someone who has not read the book, this movie was very entertaining. I laughed a lot and enjoyed the plot twists. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Samantha K Krewulak
1.0 out of 5 stars An insult to Douglas Adams' memory
I agree entirely with "darkgenius'" comments. This movie is a travesty of the book and the TV series; a cutesy version totally lacking in the wit and satire of the original. Read more
Published 22 months ago by John W Beare
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic 42
An epic journey across the universe to find the key of 42.
Every geek should have seen it, its a legendary plot.
Published on Aug. 31 2011 by greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Panic!
If you haven't listened to the BBC radio-play, this isn't bad! Purists, no doubt, will dispute my verdict but the fact of the matter is THGTTG (see title) does have Douglas Adams'... Read more
Published on March 13 2011 by Sid Matheson
5.0 out of 5 stars On Blu-ray, even better
I've seen this movie on TV and wanted to add it to my collection. I couldn't find it locally so when I saw it on amazon and on Blu-ray, I picked it up. Read more
Published on April 18 2009 by J. W. Little
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