It's been nearly 20 years since their cheesy sci-fi TV series was cancelled, and now the out-of-work cast is reduced to entertaining "Questerian" conventions. Jason (Allen) is the vain actor who played the heroic, often shirtless captain; serious thesp Alex (Rickman) was the sidekick alien doctor who never got centre stage; Gwen (Weaver) was the communications officer with an increasingly plunging neckline; the clueless Fred (Shalhoub) was the patient and steady engineer; and Guy (Rockwell) was the unnamed officer who died in episode 81 before the first commercial break. Then a group of Thermians--real aliens who think the actors are a real ship's crew--kidnaps them and asks for help to battle the evil Sarris (Sachs).
Surprise: This is easily the best sci-fi film of the past few years, as it actually has real characters, clever situations and a general irreverent attitude that keeps us laughing. The script gleefully twists the cliches of the genre, from make-up to set design to Gene Roddenberry ethos. And the sets, costumes, effects and makeup are absolutely perfect ... not to mention David Newman's brilliant score. The cast is superb--Allen, Rickman and Weaver are especially good, adding layers to their nicely evolving characters. And the film works a minor miracle as it balances admiration for the genre with a refusal to take it remotely seriously; it somehow remains reverential even as it's viciously poking fun. There are even some nice little messages woven subtly into the story. But this isn't rocket science; it's a very funny, supremely entertaining romp. Forget Star Trek X, let's have Galaxy Quest II instead.
[PG--violence, innuendo] 28.Apr.00
US release 24.Dec.99; UK release 28.Apr.00
"I highly recommend it. It's like your favorite ride at Disney; the moment it ends, you want to get right back in line and experience it all over again. I don't think I've ever heard my husband laugh so hard. Lots of fun, and surprisingly satisfying. Great for all Trekkies, Star Wars fanatics, and those who love them!" --Nina W, Minneapolis.
"Loved it! It just kept us laughing the entire time. Probably helps that we are Star Trek fans too ... we got some of the more subtle humor." --Karen G, Los Angeles.
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