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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1988 Academy Awards Best Visual Effects Nominees • Innerspace


“You just digested the bad guy.”

Innerspace came about after Jeffrey Boam took Chip Proser’s original script and injected comedy into the straightforward sci-fi concept. With Joe Dante directing and Steven Spielberg executive producing, the film had the freedom to push boundaries. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our 1988 Academy Awards Best Visual Effects Nominees series with a conversation about Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about:

We discuss the impressive visual effects that still hold up decades later, from the microscopic inner body sets to the giant props used for the miniaturized villains. Though we find some plot holes and dated elements, we agree that Martin Short’s performance, the chemistry between him and the other two leads (Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan), and the film’s playful tone make Innerspace an enduringly fun watch.

Here are a few other points in our discussion:

  • How Meg Ryan’s reporter character becomes merely a plot device, even though set up as someone with agency
  • The lack of resolution around Dennis Quaid’s character’s alcoholism
  • Appreciation for Robert Picardo as The Cowboy and many other supporting roles filled with familiar Dante regulars
  • Jerry Goldsmith’s delightful score capturing the movie’s energy

Innerspace is a flawed but highly entertaining sci-fi comedy. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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