Don’t be put off by the title of this social comedy by John Sayles (no, it's nothing like 'Homeboys from Outer Space.'Joe Morton gives a great silent performance as an alien who lands in Harlem and has little trouble fitting in because he looks like a black man. He finds work magically fixing arcade games, falls in love with a nightclub singer, and evades two alien pursuers (David Strathairn and Sayles himself, both hilarious), who seem to have learned English from bad TV cop shows.
The movie takes a left turn into moralizing when the alien decides to do something about the neighborhood’s drug problem, and there’s a bit of a plot hole: given that the alien’s pursuers are white-skinned, and given the suggestion that he was a slave on his home world, why doesn’t he fear the white people he meets on Earth? I’m not sure I get the ending, either. But Sayles works best when he simply puts the silent alien in various situations and sees what happens.An atypical and interesting piece of the Sayles portfolio.