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THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (sic) [film, 1991]

by Mags, 11 March 2007


Before the “Vagina Monologues” there was………. Lily Tomlin’s one woman 1986 stage play - “The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe”, which, because it was such a hit it was turned into a film by the same name - “The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe”. CLICK HERE for Roger Ebert’s review.


Written by partner Jane Wagner, who won the prestigious Peabody Award for her first play in 1969, the script for this play-turned-film is a wonderfully witty and clever look at a smattering of the roles we humans adopt in life.


Some may object to the heavy handed feminist overtones included, but isn’t the unhealthy imbalance of many of society’s and culture’s treatment of women, cause enough to necessitate the “search for signs of intelligent life” on the planet, if not “in the universe”?


Tomlin’s bristle-ly exterior hides a humanitarian that is not only thoughtful, but also elastic and hysterical. Ms. Tomlin’s virtuoso performance alone makes this film, a must-see film, but the fact that she also makes you laugh at the ridiculous everyday things we accept without question, highlights many of the incomprehensible un-intelligences we encounter so regularly that we become hardened and cynical.


I love the title, and it inspired this month’s iCubed theme - “INTELLIGENT LIFE & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE”.


So, I implore you all to SEE THIS FILM! and, get ready for an intense session of belly laughing …


From Wikiquotes:




  • It’s a more ridiculing, divisive humor today, especially with the advent of political incorrectness, which is a license to be as ridiculing and awful about certain groups… There should be room for everybody, absolutely, and then the culture is going to decide the prevailing weight. We can’t decide it individually. Nobody is here without a reason. … I always had a different sensibility. I like a huge range of comedy — from broad and farcical, the most sensitive, the most understated — but I always wanted my comedy to be more embracing of the species rather than debasing of it.



The best mind-altering drug is truth.


The best mind-altering drug is truth.




Contributions of Jane Wagner


Material in Tomlin’s acts credited to
Jane Wagner at Tomlin’s official site.

  • Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.



  • For fast acting relief, try slowing down.



  • If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?



  • If you read a lot of books, you’re considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well-viewed.



  • Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.



  • The best mind-altering drug is truth.



  • The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.



  • Why is it when we talk to God we’re said to be praying — but when God talks to us, we’re said to be schizophrenic?



[And, for another hiliarious film starring Lily Tomlin, rent funnyman Steve Martin’s movie - “ALL OF ME“]


Enjoy! - Mags, 11 March 2007



















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