Galaxy Quest (1999) – PG, Sci-Fi Comedy

Director:  Dean Parisot

Writers:  David Howard, Robert Gordon

Starring:  Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

What would happen if aliens sought the help of actors from a popular television show, thinking they were actual heroes?  It’s anyone’s guess, but let’s hope the events would unfold like they do in this brilliant affectionate parody. 

It’s everything it needs to be.  Despite the biting wit, it still has heart.  Despite the heart, it still has action and adventure.  Despite the action and adventure, it still has great writing.  Rather than the story getting old and tired, it benefits from multiple viewings.  It’s going to be hard to describe this movie without gushing about it.  Due to that, let’s move on with a recommendation: if you haven’t watched it, do so.

One of the few problems with this otherwise fantastic story is one of its concluding elements.  Laliari, one of the aliens, falls in lust with Adrian Monk Fred Kwan.  So she abandons her people and goes to live with him on Earth, stranding herself on a foreign planet with no hope of ever seeing anyone of her species again.  Also, her translator chip is broken.  She would be entirely dependent on him to take care of her in an unfamiliar world, and she makes this commitment after knowing him all of… a few days.  Somehow none of the other characters realize this is a stupid idea.  Considering how ill-equipped she is to live a normal life among humans, how much would it suck if their flimsy relationship fell through?

That minor complaint aside, this film is more than worth watching for its sarcastic dialogue and awkward but endearing aliens.

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3 responses to “Galaxy Quest (1999) – PG, Sci-Fi Comedy

  1. Oh my goodness! -claps- Thank you for mentioning that this is a. a comedy and b. a parody. You won’t believe how many people have told me that they think this was meant as a serious movie. I was getting frustrated from explaining. I’m so glad I finally found a person that shares my point of view on this film!

    • Wow. Really? Well, the writing is strong enough to work as a serious movie, albeit a cliche one, but how can anyone not see the parody with dialogue like this?

      Gwen: What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn’t have to do this! It makes no logical sense! Why is it here?
      Jason: ‘Cause it’s on the television show.
      Gwen: Well forget it! I’m not doing it! This episode was badly written!

      • I have no idea how someone can think this was meant seriously! I mean “parody” is written all over this movie!

        That was a really funny part! =P

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