What Planet Are You From? (**) – The premise of this film is enough to draw a smile. Garry Shandling as an alien from a planet of all men sent to ours to impregnate an Earth woman. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately what sounds like a cheap B-movie plot on late night Cinemax actually plays like nothing more than a cheap flick on Cinemax with A-list actors.In a story begging for rich satire, all we really get is the mind-blowing revelation that men want sex and women want to talk. Great – the mystery of the ages is solved. I would have even settled for a cheap sex comedy instead of a film that falls somewhere in-between – not quite deep and not quite cheap. The film never digs deep enough into the ongoing battle of the sexes, never even mentioning what should have been an obvious comic stab – and that’s into the relationship advice books, most notably “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”. The running gag is the alien’s humming penis which gets some good laughs early on and then is reduced to a mere crutch, trying to get a laugh when the film has nothing else to offer. I did like the first 20-30 minutes here, if for nothing than to hear the way Shandling tries to pick up women, but even that dies out after he meets his mate-to-be. The one bright spot of the film comes from Annette Bening who creates the only thing resembling a real character, warm and sad, and waiting to be loved. And it’s not that any of the other actors are bad, it’s just that they’re given absolute zero to work with. Greg Kinnear makes the most of his philandering husband. Linda Fiorentino is wasted in the role of his cheating wife where her sole highlight is wearing a revealing outfit in her first entrance. There is not a single interesting scene with the John Goodman airline/alien investigator. It provides an unnecessary subplot to a film that doesn’t have much of a plot to begin with.Any single episode of The Larry Sanders Show or even 3rd Rock From the Sun produces more big laughs and more laughs period than the entire running time of this film. By the time we get to what seems to be the film’s summation in the form of wedding vows, you have to ask yourself - did we really have to sit through this film to hear something that’s so obvious to anyone who has ever been in a relationshop before? The title question this film should be asking is – What were they trying to say?