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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The

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Wacky and whimsical sci-fi comedy about the space travels of an ordinary guy (Martin Freeman) who escapes an imminently exploding Earth moments before it is destroyed to make way for an interstellar highway and who travels aboard a starship to the farthest reaches of the galaxy with an extraterrestrial researcher for the eponymous guidebook (Mos Def); the buffoonish galactic president (Sam Rockwell); a chronically depressed robot (voiced by Alan Rickman); and the sole other remaining earthling (Zooey Deschanel). Based on the hugely popular 1979 sci-fi novel and BBC radio play by the late Douglas Adams, the long-in-the-works film adaptation is an entertaining, if disjointed, surrealistically silly potpourri of space adventure, absurdist philosophy and rib-tickling satire. Think "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Independence Day" meet Monty Python. Some irreligious humor, comic violence and mildly crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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