PG | 23 July 1993 (USA)
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A pair of aliens arrive on Earth to prepare for invasion, but crash instead. With enormous cone-shaped heads, robotlike walks and an appetite for toilet paper, aliens Beldar and Prymatt don't exactly blend in with the population of Paramus, N.J. But for some reason, everyone believes them when they say they're from France.


i must have seen a different film!!


Excellent but underrated film


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Kaydan Christian

A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.

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Beldar (Dan Aykroyd) and Prymatt Conehead (Jane Curtin) are aliens from Remulak scouting for an invasion when they're shot down by an American fighter jet. They crash in the waters off NYC. Beldar fixes appliances for Otto (Sinbad). Prymatt has a surprise coming. They get fake identities Donald R. DeCicco and Mary Margaret DeCicco. INS agent Gorman Seedling (Michael McKean) and his weasel underling Eli Turnbull (David Spade) are after the fake IDs. Years later, the Coneheads are in suburbia. Seedling is up for nomination but his failed capture of the Coneheads is still holding him back. Connie Conehead (Michelle Burke) starts dating Ronnie Bradford (Chris Farley).The Conehead skit works best as a suburban family with a frustrated teen. It doesn't really need the prequel and the first act is unnecessary. The montage is perfectly good at delivering the origin story. The Seedling story is there to ramp up the unnecessary drama. I have a bit of fun seeing the old SNL people. Dan and Jane extend their SNL performance without giving much more. Michelle Burke is fine as the younger Conehead but she needs more comedic charisma. This could have been a fun teen comedy but she's not big enough and Farley is doing too much. He's not the only one doing too much. The point of the skit is the humor of seeing normal suburbanites not noticing the outrageous antics of the Coneheads. The other characters shouldn't be competing against Beldar and Prymatt. The story doesn't have enough heart. The jokes aren't hitting that hard and ultimately, that's what is holding it back. It's the not the worst SNL but that's not saying much.

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Bradley Rogers

poor rendition of the original, but just a couple days ago for the first time i saw something, they get a motel, Kramer is the hotel clerk, OK there is hope for the movie; then in the room Jane Curtain reads a bible and laughs. it goes back to her laughing a few times to drill the point home: the point they make is the bible is fantasy such that she finds it very funny; the point is its a book of lies according to Jane and the movies producers. it was extremely offensive to have this in there. lot of ways they could have handled the motel bible concept. they chose the worst, to mock all of Christianity calling all Christians deluded fools following the bible, a book of lies according to Jane Curtain and this movies producers.It made me want to look at her and say Jane you ignorant slut...

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A conundrum of a movie, in that it's not funny or endearing, but obviously made and billed to be both funny and endearing. The movie was born from ancient SNL sketches that were only ever sort of funny, nostalgia took care of the rest. A forgettable movie, like I know the Coneheads are in the movie but I don't remember what they do or why they do whatever it is being done, like well over a hour of film is spent on central characters who are aliens from outer space trying to live on Earth incognito and its an utterly forgettable movie, that's not on me, I didn't screw that up. That the aliens' perspective on Earthling culture could be used for devastating satire was in no way utilized or even realized, I mean would you go to a knife fight and fight with a pocket- knife when you have Glock .9 strapped to your hip? Some important life-or-death struggle and you don't use your best weapon?

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Lee Moore

I've never watched a microsecond of SNL so I watched this as just another film. It's not Gone with the Wind, but it doesn't pretend to be. It's a small scale comedy. It isn't 90 minutes of side splitting belly laughs, but it's mildly amusing throughout and there are a number of pretty good jokes. Flicking through the twenty or so movies my cable channel is offering me this evening, I'd prefer Coneheads to any of them. That doesn't make it a masterpiece, it just makes it a solid little comedy that will leave you more cheerful at the end than you were at the beginning. For those who like their comedy to be cutting edge with constant sarcastic political barbs, you should look elsewhere. (Is this why some reviewers don't like it - maybe they were expecting political satire ?) This isn't satire, it's mild smiley humour a la Ghostbusters, and none the worse for that.

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