Adapting The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
, their celebrated stage show, Lily Tomlin and longtime collaborator Jane Wagner have fashioned a remarkably fluid, engrossing and entertaining film, directed by cinematographer John Bailey.
A showcase for Tomlin's style of observational, character-based comedy, the plot, such as it is, is more pretext than premise. Tomlin plays all roles in the loose story of Trudy, a demented bag lady, entertaining visitors from space one rainy evening in the city, whose sojourn leads her to
intersect with a wide variety of other lives. These include Chrissy, a perennially unemployed dyslexic secretary wh...