This one is way overdue… I probably should have posted this the same week I posted this post: Quickie – The Best Balls …but I didn’t… one day I’ll figure out how to get my posts to play off each other better, until then things might seem a little sloppy. So before I digress further, let’s start out with the trailer:
Now that we have that established, I have a couple of pint-sized geeks at my house, and I have got them into Star Wars as any good geek dad should do. I could easily put in a Star Wars movie here… but I’m kinda holding out for a “Han Shot First” edition of Episode IV… maybe Disney will correct that for us. I’m getting off topic so let’s get back to the Balls… Spaceballs… that is.
I remember when this movie came out. I was in 6th grade and I ordered the novelization from one of my Scholastic book order that year. I flew through the book and couldn’t wait for the movie to come out. I think this was possibly one of the first movies I went to unescorted by my parents. If memory serves a couple of my friends and I were dropped off at the theater and picked up a few hours later. It was probably one of the experiences that led to my love of going to the cinema. Not because it was the best movie ever made… it clearly is not… but it was fun, fun to watch, fun to be with my friends, and fun to have a little independence.
This is the second Mel brooks film to make it into the list, and let me warn you it likely is not the last, because that guy makes me laugh. Where Young Frankenstein had a cast of established classic comedic actors this one had a good mix of new and classic. Among the classic comedic actors were Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Joan Rivers, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Michael Winslow, and Dom Deluise. The newcomers who I think really nailed it in this were Daphne Zuniga and Bill Pullman. It’s fun to watch this group of actors poke fun at the sci-fi classics I’ve come to love like Star Wars, Aliens, and Planet of the Apes.
Now my kids are probably not quite old enough to get all the humor in this movie (and that is probably good)., but in couple years, I most likely won’t get all of their humor. It isn’t scary, but it does have some racy humor here and there and a little language (it is Mel Brooks after all) but for the most part his is a fun raucous romp that the whole family can enjoy.
Yep… there goes the planet…
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