Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Robert Knott, David Spade, Michelle Burke, Jason Alexander, Chris Farley
Directed by: Steve Barron
Written By: Tom Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 28 min
Interior: It’s not the 80’s, but it feels like it is, and we’re at a bar. It’s very late and four drunk writers are scribbling down notes on a single small napkin as they pitch their story idea to a big shot Hollywood producer.
You see, it’s funny because they’re aliens, with large cone-shaped heads,
and they’re like, not from Earth and stuff. But no one catches on which
is hi-larious! They’re also really good at fixing stuff cuz they’re
super smart aliens right.
Okay, what else? (takes large gulp of something imported and strong)
Oh, they kinda walk like robot penguins, and have funny sounding
voices. Except for their daughter, who’s super mega hot, cept for
the cone-shaped head obviously. She falls in love with this really
hyper guy that’s had, like, way too much Red Bull or something.
And? (turns away and we hear snorting)
There’s this super annoying INS officer and his brown
nosing assistant trying to catch them, but they’re in way
over their heads and get taken to the aliens planet where
there’s this monster thing that’s like, straight out of
Return of the Jedi!
This sounds awful, who’s going to be in it?
All the writers together
Everyone from SATURDAY NIGHT!
If you remember and enjoyed the Conehead skits from SNL then you may get some enjoyment out of this. This is basically a one joke movie, which is only mildly funny. There are the occasional decent lines of dialog, but most of the jokes rely on whether you find people acting like robot penguins – funny. If you do (I didn’t), then you’re going to love this film.
Best viewing format:
The visual effects are pretty low-budget even by 1993 standards, so a regular streaming or DVD rental will do.
Some of the dialog wasn’t awful.
“Ah, pigs. An omnivorous domesticated cloven-hooved vertebrate that defecates in the same place it consumes.”
“Ford Lincoln Mercury Sable? A personal conveyance named after its inventor, an assassinated ruler, a character from Greco-Roman myth and a small furry mammal.”