Meet the Applegates (1990)

R   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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Modeling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950s family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.




  • Ed Begley Jr. in Meet the Applegates (1990)
  • Stockard Channing and Ed Begley Jr. in Meet the Applegates (1990)
  • Dabney Coleman in Meet the Applegates (1990)
  • Stockard Channing and Ed Begley Jr. in Meet the Applegates (1990)
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Meet the Applegates (1990)
  • Meet the Applegates (1990)

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Michael Lehmann


Michael Lehmann, Redbeard Simmons

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16 October 1998 | TomX01
A family movie with a difference
Director Michael Lehmann's second movie which takes a very witty look at the typical suburban American family, in all its cliched glory. The plot is fairly straightforward, though bizzare to say the least. A group of Brazilian rain forest bugs, threatened by industrial development take on human form in order to blow up a nuclear power station as a warning. In order to do this they have to become a typical American family to provide cover for their agenda. However, they soon realise that there is no such thing as the perfect family and very quickly things start to go wrong.

The dialogue is sharp, witty and always amusing, although the directors attempt at a screenplay is not a patch on that of Dan Waters who wrote his first movie Heathers. Overall, a very overlooked and forgotten movie which deserves praise for the amount of mileage the director got from a small budget and a mediocre script.

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$274,815 (USA) (3 February 1991)


$485,772 (USA)

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