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Galaxy Quest

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Hilarious, fast, funny, fresh fun for the family.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: May 7, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Lots of comic sci-fi violence, one sad death

Sexy stuff

Mild references, lots of clevage

Language

Mild

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Character drinks to feel better and passes out

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fun, kid-friendly adventure includes some cartoonish sci-fi violence (some of it rather gross) and one sad death. Also, a character gets so drunk that he passes out and is then very hung over, and there are mild references to Allen's character sleeping "with every Terakian slave girl and moon princess" on the show.

What's the story?

In this sci-fi spoof, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver play washed-up stars of a cheesy Star Trek-style show that ended nearly 20 years ago. Believing that the reruns they watched are real, a group of aliens head to Earth to ask for their help. The TV stars find themselves on a real-life replica of their television series spaceship, lovingly constructed by the aliens to replicate every detail from the show. Put in a real-life confrontation with a lizard-looking tyrant, the cast tries to remember lines and plots from old episodes to help them defeat him. The premise leads to hilarious lines and situations that play on both Star Trek and the actors' hang-ups. For example, Rickman's Spock/McCoy-hybrid character stares glumly at his alien gill make-up in the mirror and murmurs about the time he got five curtain calls as Richard III. Sigourney Weaver, the sexy Lt. Uhura equivalent, repeats everything the computer says. Tony Shaloub as the spaceship's Scottie-like mechanic and Sam Rockwell as the imperiled expendable officer also deliver hilarious lines.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Sharply written and performed, this hilarious romp affectionately skewers television sci-fi, its stars, and its fans. Not since William Shatner told Trekkers Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz to "get a life" back on Saturday Night Live has there been such a sublime look at this world, reminding us that intelligence and humor are not mutually exclusive.

The fast, funny, and fresh script takes a terrific premise and unreels it in a tightly constructed farce that is filled with surprises. Perhaps the biggest one is that we really come to care about the characters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what TV shows and movies this film is spoofing. Is it funny even if you haven't seen the original titles it's based on? Why or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 21, 1999
DVD release date:May 2, 2000
Cast:Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub
Director:Dean Parisot
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some action violence, mild language and sensuality

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Adult Written bylartisane May 1, 2009

Think twice before showing to a young child...

THE TORTURING OF THE ALIEN HAS BEEN DISTURBING FOR OUR CHILD AS WELL AS THE DEATH AND THE SMALL CHILD LIKE ALIENS WHO ATTACK IN NUMBERS TO EAT ONE OF THEIR OWN WAS THE FIRST DISTURBING PART THAT MADE ME RECONSIDER THE MOVIE FOR OUR CHILD.AS ADULT WE DID NOT SEE ALL THAT CONTENT BEFORE HAVING A CHILD AND I HAD FORGOTTEN THOSE PARTS TO MY REGRET.ONCE AGAIN I WILL SCREEN THE MOVIES BEFORE HAND...!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 11 year old Written bybobsax May 24, 2010

good for older kids over 10 or 11.

It's a funny movie but I agree that it has a fair amount of adult humor that wasn't mentioned . It seems that in the old days movies had to have profanity to be cool. To bad. Good for older kids .
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008

Spoof type movie

This movie would be an excellent spoof movie if they had less breast shots.

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