Hogan's 'Suburban Commando' has about four laughs

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October 09, 1991|By Lou Cedrone

There are about four laughs in ''Suburban Commando,'' and two of those are funny only if you think that cats sailing through the air is funny.

The other two laughs are as good as the cat jokes, but that's about all you're going to get in this film.

It is, however, reasonably innocent, and small children will like it. The film does include a scene in which an intergalactic villain threatens to shoot a young girl in the head, but that seems to be happening everywhere in the movies, and no one seems to be making any objection to it.

Hulk Hogan is the ''Suburban Commando.'' He is an intergalactic warrior who finds himself on Earth, his space ship in need of repair.

Dressed in a costume that might draw stares in Times Square (but don't count on it), he rents a room at the home of an engineer whose wife is more 1951 than 1991. She keeps telling her husband to ask for a raise. The idea of working herself doesn't seem to occur to her.

Shelley Duvall and Christopher Lloyd play Jenny and Charlie Wilcox, owners of the home in which Shep Ramsey (Hogan) rents that room. Larry Miller is Charlie's boss, William Ball is the villain who wants to control the entire universe, and Michael Faustino and Laura Mooney are the Wilcox children who think that living with Ramsey is better than playing Nintendo.

Jack Elam is the retired Army officer who lives next door and sits in his front yard, in a jeep that has been converted into a planter. He's supposed to be a figure of mirth, but he isn't.

Hogan, who did very well with his first starring film, ''No Holds Barred,'' hopes he'll do as well with this one. He may. It isn't as good as ''No Holds,'' but it does have those laughs.

''Suburban Commando''

* A space warrior, stranded on Earth, takes a room with a suburban couple.

CAST: Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd, Shelley Duvall, Larry Miller, William Ball, Jack Elam, Roy Dotrice, Michael Faustino, Laura Mooney.

DIRECTOR: Burt Kennedy

RATING: PG (violence)

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

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