CJ7 (2008) What could possibly have possessed Stephen Chow, the mad scientist of slapstick chopsocky who made Kung Fu Hustle (2004), to follow up that psychedelic pinwheel… 2008-03-07 PG PT86M Comedy Sci-fi and Fantasy Stephen Chow Xu Jiao Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

CJ7 (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG
Xu Jiao, CJ7 | PHONY HOME Stephen Chow's E.T. -inspired CJ7 is more muddle than cuddle
PHONY HOME Stephen Chow's E.T.-inspired CJ7 is more muddle than cuddle
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Mar 07, 2008; Rated: PG; Length: 86 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Stephen Chow and Xu Jiao; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

What could possibly have possessed Stephen Chow, the mad scientist of slapstick chopsocky who made Kung Fu Hustle (2004), to follow up that psychedelic pinwheel of a movie by entangling himself in CJ7, the gooey tale of a poor little Hong Kong schoolboy who befriends a fur ball from outer space? The cuddlebug in question may bear an abstract resemblance to E.T. (Chow's stated inspiration), but he's really closer to Gizmo in Gremlins crossed with a Chicken Little who got washed through the rinse cycle. His ''mischief'' is trivial and charmless, and so is the movie. D+

Originally posted Mar 05, 2008 Published in issue #982 Mar 14, 2008 Order article reprints