What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this spoofy comedy is up to its Dark Helmet in off-color jokes, sexual innuendo, and potty humor. When you're not giggling, you might cringe at the kind of humor it inspires in your tweens ... but, then again, they've probably seen a lot iffier stuff than this.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Brooks's Star Wars parody isn't particularly sophisticated, but older kids and teens should have fun with the goofy humor. Like most Brooks fare, SPACEBALLS revels in crude, sometimes infantile gags. For example: When the Darth Vader-inspired character, Dark Helmet, first appears, he approaches the camera, breathing heavily through his face-obscuring mask. Suddenly he flips up the front of the mask to reveal a nerdy-looking Rick Moranis, who exclaims, "I can't breathe in this thing!"
One of the great virtues of Brooks' masterwork, Young Frankenstein, was its beautiful re-creation of the look of the horror films of the 1930s, which added punch to all the ensuing silliness. Here, you don't really get the impression of watching a Star Wars movie gone mad: Many of the cheap-ish looking sets wouldn't look out of place on an episode of Saturday Night Live. Nevertheless, there are moments when the movie shines. Excessive merchandising is taken to task in a very funny scene in which Yogurt (Brooks again) hawks everything from Spaceballs the toilet paper to Spaceballs the flame thrower ("the kids love this one!"). And the movie's most memorable gag pays tribute to both the Alien series and the classic Chuck Jones cartoon "One Froggy Evening." Another good bit manages to work in a re-creation of the famous conclusion of Planet of the Apes.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about other film or TV parodies they enjoy. For example, The Simpsons is one of the best examples of parody used as social commentary; what can funny imitations point out that serious analysis may render too boring?
Which movies is Spaceballs specifically making fun of? How can you tell?
|Theatrical release date:||June 26, 1987|
|DVD release date:||May 3, 2005|
|Cast:||Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis|
|Topics:||Adventures, Misfits and underdogs, Space and aliens|
|Run time:||96 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||raunchy humor and comic violence|