Japanese-American neurosurgeon rock-and-roller Buckaroo Banzai and his hard rocking, crime fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, create a rocket car that can break the sound barrier, and with the aid of their secret oscillation overthruster, propel the car and its occupant through the 8th dimension. But this success creates an opportunity for evil Red Lectroids, led by insane Lord John Whorfin, to attempt to escape their imprisonment in this dimension on Earth and return home to Planet Ten.
It's really hard to rate such a beloved and oft-watched film. The cast is amazing, there is plenty of action and tongue-in-cheek humor, dated 80s garb, throwaway one-liners and tiny comic touches, and it really gets better with multiple repeat viewings; however, on first (or enforced) exposure, it can be confusing or frustrating, and not everyone likes it (Mr. AC fell asleep watching it last night) . I saw this in the theater the year it came out and did not especially like or get it then, though now it is one of my go-to happy-making movies. Hopefully some of you guys love it too, but I'm open to hearing from anyone who doesn't (JPX, perhaps?).