Clearly designed as a cult film, this messy trifle is not without its charms. These include the affably weird Goldblum, Lithgow's deliriously overstated mad scientist, and a band of alien invaders who are not emissaries of a vastly superior race, but beer-swilling mediocrities in
Hawaiian shirts. Nevertheless, this strange film tries to do too much in too short a time. The title character (Weller) is a nuclear physicist, brain surgeon, and rock-'n'-roll singer who saves the world from the Red Lectroids, aliens from a distant galaxy. As the film opens, Weller is trying to
drive his superpowered car through a mountain in an attempt to test the "oscillation overthrust...