A mysterious and extraordinary mental patient, named Prot, convinces both staff and fellow patients that he comes from a utopian planet called K-PAX. While his psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Powell, is baffled by this cheerfully confident man, Prot\'s description of life on a planet 1000 light years away awakens a sense of possibility among the other patients. The doctor gradually begins to witness this so-called alien having a remarkable effect on the mental health of the hospital\'s other patients. When Prot says he\'s going back before the summer ends, all the patients in the ward vie to go with him. As the days before Prot\'s announced departure from earth race by, Dr. Powell struggles with questions of science.

A very ponderous slog to a not very surprising conclusion...

A suspicious looking stranger is arrested at New York`s Grand Central Station and taken to the Psychiatric Institute of Manhattan. He says his name is Prot, and, under questioning from Dr. Mark Powell, he claims he`s from the planet K-Pax, which is in a galaxy far far away. Powell, whose family life isn`t quite what it should be, is certain that Prot is really a seriously disturbed man, and, under hypnosis, gets the patient to reveal a few mysterious facts which lead him to find out the truth about the alienated mystery man.

This strange and rather silly film boasts a couple of fine performances from a couple of formidable actors - Kevin Spacey as the apparent alien, and Jeff Bridges as the shrink. But it`s a very ponderous slog to a not very surprising conclusion, and though extremely well made by director Iain Softley, it`s hard to become very interested in this overlong exercise in psychiatric mumbo jumbo.

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