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For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous sensibilities to this adaptation of, appropriately en... read more read more...ough, a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi comic book. Will Smith stars as James Darrel Edwards, a New York City cop with an athletic physique and a flippant, anti-authoritarian attitude toward law enforcement. After chasing down a mysterious perpetrator one night who turns out to be an alien, James is recruited by "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), a veteran of a clandestine government agency secretly policing the comings and goings of aliens on planet Earth. Nicknamed the "men in black" for their nondescript uniform of black suit, shoes, tie, and sunglasses, the agents are assigned to recover a bauble that's been stolen by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio). It seems the item is none other than the galaxy itself, and its theft has plunged humanity into the center of what's shaping up to become an interstellar war, unless K and his new wisecracking partner, now renamed "J," can stop the bad guy. On their side but somewhat in the dark is a pretty, unflappable city medical examiner (Linda Fiorentino) who has been zapped one too many times by K's ingenious memory-sapping device. Men in Black was a box office smash, inspiring an animated children's television series and a hit soundtrack album that featured a performance by star (and rapper) Smith. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: October 23, 1997

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  • December 30, 2013
    J: You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good.

    "Protecting The Earth From The Scum Of The Universe"

    I've seen bits and pieces of Men in Black over the years, but I had never actually watched it from start to finish. Now that I have, I see why it's such a ... read morebeloved movie. This is just a great, fun, and hilarious ride. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are great on screen together and have terrific chemistry, while being polar opposites.

    The Men in Black are a secret agency that protects earth from the bad aliens and keeps an eye on the many good aliens that live among us. K(Tommy Lee Jones) recruits new member, J(Will Smith) into the agency from his job as a police officer. Within the first 24 hours of being on the job, J finds out that he and K are going to have to save the world from Alien attack. 

    There's a reason Men in Black is given so much praise; because it deserves it. This film weaves alien celebrities, death rays, end of the world possibilities, talking dogs, and a great Vincent D'Onofrio role into a movie that manages to be funny, entertaining, silly, and altogether one of the most fun film experiences you are likely to ever have. That's not to say this is one of the greatest movies of all-time or anything like that. What it is though, is a worthwhile sci-fi comedy with terrific direction from Barry Sonnenfeld and wonderful performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. This is a can't miss.
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    January 18, 2013
    The film's sci-fi presentation, clever story and leading duo (Jones & Smith) provides for a surge of entertainment that exceeds anyone's expectations. Men in Black is that summer blockbuster that satisfies throughout its entirety. 4.5/5
  • December 18, 2012
    Ace cinematographer turned director Barry Sonnenfeld is known for having a cartoonish style and darkly humorous sensibilities, and these qualities served him very well with this adaptation of a tongue-in-cheek sci--fi comic book series.

    This witty, stylish, and insanely clever f... read moreilm follows a tough and uber hip New York cop named James Edwards who, after a bizarre encounter with a suspect, discovers that not only do aliens exist, but there is a top secret government agency known as the Men In Black designed to monitor and deal with their presence on Earth.

    Shedding his old life and identity, James joins the organization, taking up the name Agent J, and, along with a no-nonsense codger of a partner named Agent K, work to stop an assassination plot that could lead to interstellar war.

    As mentioned above, this is a really clever film. It's funny, sharp, and gets in some nice satire, and makes for a nice blend of comedy and sci-fi intrigue. I knew this was funny as a kid, but it wasn't until later that I realized how much of the humor went over my head, kinda like my experience with Ghostbusters.

    Sonnenfeld's style is perfect for this kind of thing, and I love the world created here. Will Smith delivers a fine performance as Agent J, and he has wonderful chemistry with Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K. Rip Torn is a delight as MIB boss Zed, Linda Fiorentino is good as a mortician caught up in the madness, and Vincent D'Onofrio is great as the primary antagonist who tries to hide its real identity using the hollowed out skin of a farmer.

    The film is heavy on effects, and, while they are great, they thankfully don't overshadow things, and actually complement the story. The action and set pieces are decent too, but for me, the best part of the film is the writing, performances, concept, and sharp satirical humor.

    Definitely give this one a look. It's easily a highlight of late 90s cinema.
  • November 26, 2012
    What makes this film stand out, aside from its superb effects, humor and script, is the contrast between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. While Jones is the emotionless, smarter and wiser one out of the two, Smith is the younger and more enthusiastic. These 'Men In Black' are on a... read more mission to save Earth from a really, really nasty bug infestation. This is one Sci-Fi film that shouldn't be missed.
  • June 16, 2012
    Clever, exciting, imaginative and funny, Men in Black is everything you want a sci-fi comedy to be. Yet, those words fail to encompass my total love for this film. Still the best in the trilogy (in my humble view), it has enough wit and action to keep you entertained for d... read moreecades. Every time I see it, I just wanna take the first best plane to New York and join their ranks for some good ol' alien-busting. But alas, the MIB is but a fictional organization. At any rate, it entertains to stellar degrees, and is also one of the movies that launched Will Smith into international fame (or should I say intergalactic). His hilarious interplay with Agent K - played by a brilliant Tommy Lee Jones - serves up a whole smorgasbord of zesty gags and laugh-out-loud situations. Not to mention all the cool aliens and Rick Baker's fantastic creature design, which is truly the work of a creative artisan. Add to that the wonderfully written, tongue-in-check script, and there's no mystery to why I regard this as one of my all-time favourite comedies. A first-rate classic in every sense, and a must-see for anyone with a taste for quality humor! Because this doesn't just hit it out of the park, it sends the ball flying through space and into galaxies beyond!
  • June 3, 2012

    Men in Black, a film that's very original, tries to be cool and quirky, and suceeds. It's what I would easily call the better version of Independence Day. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are highly likabl... read moree in their lead roles, and as a screen couple perform with complete chemistry and energetic slickness. The jokes are thrown in at almost every minute into a plot that's original and exciting. It all adds up to one great flick that naturally sets itself up for a franchise that's definetely worth making.
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    May 29, 2012
    "Men in Black" is one of the most impressive sci-fi films of the 90's! Probably thee most when you are thinking of comedy. It may not have the back-up of spectacular visual effects, but they do cherish what they can with whatever they do have. The chemistry between Tommy Lee Jone... read mores and Will Smith is phenomenal and it makes me wish more films could have that upper hand. "Men in Black" is everything you could want in a movie, with a few extra moments of awesomeness. All-in-all, this film delivers thrills, laughs, visuals, and a story that solely works with these actors alone. This film definitely needs everyones attentions!
  • May 26, 2012
    A cool movie that benefits greatly from the charismatic duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
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    May 23, 2012
    Very entertaining from start-to-finish. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are both terrific together, both displaying spot-on comedic chops, too. And for its time, the effects are actually pretty good, too. A definitive summer blockbuster that still stands its time today.
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    May 13, 2012
    "Men in Black" is a modern sci-fi comedy classic. While the movie isn't perfect, the chemistry between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones is. "Black" is about a secret organization that deals with aliens here on earth. When one of their main agents retires, Jones then recruits Smi... read moreth to join the force, and they have to stop an evil alien from destroying the universe. Jones is the perfect straight man for Smith. Their banter is what makes this movie good and memorable. The effects are good, and still hold up, but really it's the pairs ability to turn this from parody, to comedy. If you have never seen this, then your probably an alien.If you have, then now is a good time to reconnect with the third movie about to come out.

Critic Reviews

Paul Tatara
August 12, 2014
Paul Tatara,

Men in Black is the wryest, sharpest, most entertaining special effects film in recent memory, a simultaneous participant and mocking parody of the more-bang-for-your-buck behemoth genre. Full Review

Stephen Thompson
August 12, 2014
Stephen Thompson, AV Club

Men In Black deserves credit for supplementing its special effects with a breezy script and genuinely charismatic performances by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Full Review

Dave Kehr
August 2, 2013
Dave Kehr, New York Daily News

Its attitude is poised somewhere between the deadpan ghoulishness of the Coen brothers and a Letterman-like sense of the absurdity of life in New York's rich ethnic stew. Full Review

John Hartl
July 31, 2013
John Hartl, Seattle Times

Men in Black is moderately amusing, well-constructed and mercifully short, but it fails to deliver on the zaniness of its first half. Full Review

Jay Boyar
April 14, 2013
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

There's a playfulness, here, that you don't often find in a special-effect flick. Full Review

Gene Siskel
April 14, 2013
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
July 6, 2010
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Every time the film makes you chuckle, you may also feel it's zapped you with a neuralizer. Full Review

Todd McCarthy
July 7, 2008
Todd McCarthy, Variety

A wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone. Full Review

David Edelstein
June 5, 2007
David Edelstein, Slate

The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph. Full Review

Desson Thomson
April 17, 2007
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

It's just the best yuk of the week. Full Review

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