Donning a cyborg butler disguise, Miles is led into the home of Luna Schlosser (Diane Keaton). A constant party-giver and amateur poet, Luna soon sets Miles to work - overlooking his jerky imitation of the other mechanoids and too-human features. Disaster and catastrophe occur as Miles battles with the electronic kitchen and guest serving, until he finally succumbs to the artificial pleasures of "The Orb". This unrobotic behaviour takes Miles into the robot workshop, from which he just manages to escape with his head intact. Spilling the whole tragic saga to Luna, she responds by screaming "Alien" and trying to have him arrested. After several close-calls with giant vegetables, Luna manages to contact the security forces. Unfortunately they decide to terminate her as well, after Luna's prolonged exposure to the alien. Realising her mistake, Miles and Luna manage to escape from the clutches of the clumsy Security personnel.
Finding a relic from the past, a VW Beetle which starts first time, the fugitives make their way to the house of Orva and Melik. Making themselves comfortable in the largely destroyed abode, Miles and Luna get round to discussing their respective sexual attitudes before the police arrive and break up the fun. Luna manages to escape while Miles hides in "The Orgasmatron". This turns out to be a bad move since, after the equivalent of numerous orgasms, a contented Miles is in no shape to run away. Brain-washing commences on the helpless Miles, in a bid to prepare him for release into society, while Luna starts living rough and winds up with the underground. Since the State has a devious plan to rid itself of all subversives, time is running out for the revolutionaries and they are impelled to rescue Miles.
Sleeper is an impressively inventive parody of self-important science fiction films which manages to hit contemporary targets with impressive aim. Painfully funny at times, the flood of physical humour, one-liners and gags is unrelenting. Playing up the contrasts of a future where smoking is actually good for you and the health-freak world of Miles, Allen and Brickman have produced a top-class script. The future is created to convincing effect with humanoid robots, giant vegetable farms and antagonistic machines (shades of 2001 and Chaplin). The anachronistic jazz score works surprisingly well, adding valuable energy to the many chase scenes. Sleeper moves fast, packs an incredible number (and range) of jokes, then leaves you wanting more. Watch with Dark Star and worry about the years to come!