Spaceballs
Spaceballs
PG | 24 June 1987 (USA)
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When the nefarious Dark Helmet hatches a plan to snatch Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless sidekick fly to the rescue. Along the way, they meet Yogurt, who puts Lone Starr wise to the power of "The Schwartz." Can he master it in time to save the day?

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Greenes

Please don't spend money on this.

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CommentsXp

Best movie ever!

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RipDelight

This is a tender, generous movie that likes its characters and presents them as real people, full of flaws and strengths.

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Huievest

Instead, you get a movie that's enjoyable enough, but leaves you feeling like it could have been much, much more.

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TheHoopster00

They mix in Star Wars and other space movies into the mix. They also make everything the opposite and the enemy leader is absolutely the funniest with how he commands his army of "assholes". It is such a funny movie and was one of my first comedy movies and it was really good. I have seen at least 3 times and it never gets old and you can understand some of the jokes better the more you watch. One of my personal favorite scenes is when they are told to comb the desert and they get an actual comb and start "combing" it. The ending is great with Lonestar marrying the Princess who he absolutely hated in the beginning of the movie. Caps off to Mel Brooks putting this together the way he did.

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bowmanblue

I remember going to see 'Spaceballs' when it came out in the cinema (a building with a massive TWO screens and is no longer there any more). I think I was about 11 at the time. Back then I didn't really know who Mel Brookes was, or anything about his other films. I just liked 'Star Wars' and that was all I needed to know. And, based on that most flimsy of reasons to see a film - I loved it! It's a parody of 'Star Wars' (and the occasional other sci-fi gag) which follows the original's plot reasonably accurately, i.e. rougish smuggler must rescue a princess from a black-helmetted space dictator. Now, nearly three decades later I thought I would watch it again and, I didn't love it… so much.I guess it's one of those films where you have to be young to really laugh at every single joke. I now feel that, although much of the time I was at least smiling a bit, it's not quite as funny as when I used to laugh at simpler things. It's a decent enough watch and it's nice seeing John Candy clearly enjoying himself as the 'Chewbacca-type' creature (unsubtly named) 'Barf.' Now I look at it again I can't help thinking that Mel Brooks is trying a little too hard to be everywhere, as he casts himself as basically the lead (and a couple other roles) and now I see it through adult eyes, he seems a little too full of himself, even if he does play a complete idiot.I mentioned John Candy as the stand-out role, but the others are good, too. Bill Pullman is functional as the 'hero,' but it's Rick Moranis who steals every scene as the completely incompetent 'Darth Vader' rip-off, now known as 'Dark Helmet.' There's a great 'Alien' cameo too by John Hurt and some other nods to a few famous franchises, so you'll probably need to know all movies in the genre to appreciate everything.I may be sounding a little harsh overall, but I did enjoy it again, even after all this time. I'll probably watch it again in another ten years, but next time I'll know not to expect it to be the same as when I was a kid.

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Irishchatter

Oh my lord, my jaws are literally a little sore from laughing at this. It was great to see the well known stars in this like John Candy, Rick Moranis, John Hurt and Joan Rivers(RIP). I didn't expect that they made Joan Rivers into female C-3PO. You would wonder if shes wearing the costume or is it just a toy robot that moves its hands and feet? The movie really takes the p*ss out of both star wars and star trek. It is funny how they change the serious part into a more sarcastic theme. I think its a very good idea for a proper spoof movie. Nowadays, spoof movies that take the p*ss outta other films, they pretty much terrible. They don't have the proper funny side nor have proper legends in them as this one has! I think this is one of the best spoof movies I've ever seen and I'm sorry that I didn't get to see it before today!

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Leofwine_draca

SPACEBALLS was a childhood favourite of mine and I'm pleased to see that it still holds up today for audiences. It's a loving spoof of the whole STAR WARS franchise with Mel Brooks on top form as he mercilessly ribs George Lucas for his addition to merchandising, ridiculous costumes, plot elements, and the like. That SPACEBALLS also tells its own entertaining story that holds up as a stand-alone adventure is testament to its effectiveness. Strong production values and fun effects only add to the experience.The cast is a superior one with the highlights including Joan Rivers as 'Dot Matrix' and the lovably goofy John Candy playing a half-man, half-dog. Rick Moranis really shines though in his best role as 'Dark Helmet' and many of his scenes are the funniest the film has to offer; also watch out for Mel Brooks's scene-stealing 'Yogurt'. The laughs come thick and fast and not all of them are funny, but when the film hits it really hits; the scenes involving instant video cassettes and breaking the fourth wall are the funniest. My overall highlight though has to be John Hurt's cameo, which is the icing on an already splendid cake.

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