Parental units and their contemporaries may want to skip "Suburban Commando," but kids should have a pretty good time with this sci-fi action/comedy.
A step up for star Hulk Hogan from the wrestling hit "No Holds Barred," this amiable no-brainer pits Mr. Hogan's universe-saving super-warrior, Shep Ramsey, against his greatest challenge: a vacation on Earth.
"How about a big bug hunt with creatures that bleed acid," Ramsey begs his intergalactic superiors when they tell him he's too stressed out. But nothing doing. He's headed for suburbia, where he rents a house from unassertive architect Charlie Wilcox (Christopher Lloyd) and his cheery wife Jenny (Shelley Duvall).
Ramsey soon discovers that it's not easy being a hero on a mad planet populated with litigious hot-rodders, talking car alarms and mimes.
The equally frustrated Charlie, whose only joy in life is mechanical tinkering, quickly realizes that he's got Darth Vader for a boarder. Breaking into Ramsey's stash of cool space gizmos, Charlie inadvertently alerts the star warrior's enemies to his whereabouts.
The writing here is beyond scattershot, but that doesn't stop the movie from hitting a few good, satirical bull's-eyes. Part of this is due to the sure touch of the director, old comic-action hand Burt Kennedy ("Support Your Local Sheriff").
Lloyd also deserves credit for some expert physical humor, and Larry Miller (who's getting all the good notices for "Necessary Roughness") is a scream as Charlie's conniving, glory-hogging boss.
As for the Hulkster, well, he knows how to play Hulk Hogan, and Ramsey is Hulk Hogan with warp drive. The movie's goofs on his TV wrestler persona are about what you'd expect -- all over-amped, misplaced aggression.
Some attempts at cuddlying up his persona fall flat, too. But when push comes to shove, no one shoves like Mr. Hogan. His underage fans should have no complaints.
Starring Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd and Shelley Duvall
Directed by Burt Kennedy
New Line Cinema