Picks and Pans Review: K-Pax
Kevin Spacey specializes in playing guys who either are, or think themselves, the smartest person in the room. If he's not sneering outright, there's often a smirk playing at the edges of his lips. He's at it again in K-Pax, an initially intriguing but ultimately disappointing drama in which Spacey is cast as Prot, a man who claims to be visiting Earth from a distant planet.
Prot is committed to a psych ward in Manhattan where his shrink is Dr. Mark Powell (Bridges). The patient tells Powell that he's an alien from the planet K-Pax, then adds reassuringly, "But I'm not going to leap out of your chest." Powell soon finds himself wondering if the brainy, serene Prot may indeed be a genuine E.T. Just about then, K-Pax takes a regrettable plot turn that puts it on a plodding path that viewers have already traveled too many times. Spacey and Bridges click together, and McCormack has her moments as Bridges's wife, but the gifted Woodard, cast as Bridges's boss, is woefully underused. (PG-13)
Bottom Line: Looney bin there, done that