K-PAX

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7.42h2001X-RayPG-13
Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Directors
Iain Softley
Starring
Kevin SpaceyJeff BridgesMary McCormack
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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RomanReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
must watch!!!
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This is my first movie review ever:
I watched K-Pax for the first time about 10 years ago. It left me speechless. It was like an acid trip.
Today I re-watched it with my 14 year old son who has not seen it before.
He is not into movies any longer and It took me a while to convince him to spend 2 hours on something his father thinks worth it. Eventually, we made a deal - we watch first 5 minutes and stop if he doesn't like it.
He didn't even move for 2 hours. I can tell he was totally entranced.
I can tell you that watching it for the second time the effect doesn't' wear out.
Still works like an acid trip for me...

He's just old enough to appreciate it.
He doesn't watch movies
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leeReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unique movie that gets to your mind and soul. A classic. Nothing else like it.
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This is a movie that from beginning to end has you asking questions. It has you doubting yourself and our whole human way of thinking. Of relationships, of trauma, of friendship of other worlds, of other races and technologies.

All of this and yet such a simple movie. A sci-fi movie with no spaceships, or crazy looking aliens or anything like that. Yet its one of the most memorable sci-fi movies I've ever seen.

Its a deep movie that leaves an impression on someone who thinks differently. If you like action and violence and you hate thinking and feeling, this is not the movie for you.
8 people found this helpful
Will Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
K-Pax? Who would have thought?
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A surprising film, since there was little press about the title. A co-worker recommended it, and at first was reluctant to even rent/buy, but after renting and watching, had to buy a copy to watch again. Things seem to be kind of "sci-fi," at first but.... OOPS spoiler! Will not say more, other than this is a good film, and something different for the actors, that showed their versatility and depth. Was totally surprised by the ending, hence buying a copy.
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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Once again, a good cast carries a movie beyond itself.
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There really isn’t much to this one other then the unfolding story of someone who claims to be from another planet and how convincing his story becomes. Very light on the sci-fi and more on the drama but there’s a mystery here that ties it all together and the ending was a bit of a surprise. The story is absorbing and the acting superb so that’s about all that was needed to keep us interested. If it were better edited it would likely have been 5-stars but it did drag a bit at times.
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Rather be at the BeachReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
AWESOME MOVIE
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This movie stars two of the greatest actors of their times...Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges! You are completely absorbed in this fascinating story from the very beginning when "Prote" appears "from K-Pax" and is whisked away to a mental institution where Jeff Bridges because his psychiatrist. The supporting characters interact with Prote and become better people, as well as healthier, for doing so. When Prote announces he will go back to K-Pax on July 27, he will be missed, and you find yourself not wanting him to go. Bridges is desperate to find out "who he really is" and stumbles upon an identity that could be his with a horrible experience in his past. The ending does not spoon-feed you answers. You are pleasantly left to assume the answer that you think best fits or that you want to believe. I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I highly, enthusiastically recommend this movie!
10 people found this helpful
WehmsReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Show!!!
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I'm a big fan of Kevin Spacey as an excellent Actor to start with. He performs as I expected with an a great Storyline to relate. As a typical "KPAXian" he relates that they don't have any Laws or Lawyers on KPAX as they're not necessary!!! When the Shrink asks him how KAPXians know right from wrong, he answers that every being in the Universe knos right from wrong......as a general rule, I would tend to agree.....sadly, I've got some people currently in my life (and some not necessarily "in" it anymore) that I'm not sure really do know right from wrong......or maybe, they just CHOOSE to do wrong.........anyway, in my next life, I want to be a KPAXian.....sounds like Paradise!!! Absolutely LOVED his "eduacating" the Doctors at the Planetarium, too!!!

On the "ending" of the Show.....(?) It kind of leaves it up to....shall we say, "Interpretation?"
4 people found this helpful
Dr Kimberly KohlhausenReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
SO it did not get amazing reviews
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There are movies that are not meant to be block busters. They are just there to encourage us to ask the essential questions of life. Altruistic alien or suffering mentally ill human-- Prot makes us see light and beauty where others see darkness and fear. He points out the bounty that surrounds us whether it is produce left to rot in the gutter or a family picnic where realizations are illuminated. For his view of beauty, hope, and pain- he is an outsider, someone we walk passed quickly. His delivers his lines with subtle Socratic method mastery
And having a doctorate- his line entering the Universalarium in NYC about "how may doctors does this planet need?" is a classic. We lost a good one when he moved to the UK. I am glad he runs the Old Vic so we know that its integrity will remain.
A great anticipatory hook for courses delving into the nature of social normalcy. There are many oppotunities for self- exploration as well as questioning commonly held beliefs.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Two excellent actors being excellent.
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Both Jeff Bridges & Kevin Spacey have the ability to seamlessly inhabit characters, which they do in this mental hospital drama that has a unique & engaging plot. Bridges is a shrink who has started to become jaded, not quite sleepwalking thru his job & life, but kinda phoning it in. Spacey is a patient who says he is named Prot and an alien visiting from K-Pax. Prot's perceptive observations and interactions with the other patients & staff turns "normall" life in the ward on its head and invigorates the shrink's attitude as he tries to unravel the mystery of Prot. More info could become a spoiler. The movie has solid acting from both of the leads and supporting cast, that makes for an entertaining couple of hrs..
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