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(From the Grapevine)   The best space travel-themed comedies. Come for 'Spaceballs', stay for 'Mars Attacks'   ( fromthegrapevine.com) divider line
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2017-10-05 03:02:49 AM  
None of Men in Black and very little of Mars Attacks take place in space.
 
2017-10-05 03:05:07 AM  
Star Trek: Insurrection?
 
2017-10-05 03:15:20 AM  
I'm still waiting for this one:
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2017-10-05 03:33:22 AM  
List fails without Avatar.
 
2017-10-05 03:52:31 AM  
Ice Pirates should be on the list. Need to rewatch that one myself, since it's been so long.
 
2017-10-05 03:57:49 AM  

Kirablue42: Ice Pirates should be on the list. Need to rewatch that one myself, since it's been so long.


Agreed. Dark Star, too. Both examples of a relatively decent movie made on a shoestring budget as well.

And if we don't care about the movie actually taking place *in* space I would add Slither, The World's End and Attack the Block.
 
2017-10-05 04:03:08 AM  
The Orville better not be on there. Unfunny shiat show.
 
2017-10-05 05:18:09 AM  
List fails without Darkstar.
 
2017-10-05 05:24:33 AM  

fusillade762: Agreed. Dark Star, too. Both examples of a relatively decent movie made on a shoestring budget as well.


Word.  Dark Star is priceless and still hits the right notes.  Though one should get hold of the novelization by Alan Dean Foster - one of my desert island books and well worth the effort to find it.

We just started watching The Orville this week, and we love it - it's twisted Trek done by people who know what they're doing and love what they're working on.
 
2017-10-05 05:37:51 AM  
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2017-10-05 05:53:50 AM  

farkingismybusiness: The Orville better not be on there. Unfunny shiat show.


90% of audience reviews on RT would disagree with you.
 
2017-10-05 06:00:04 AM  

Kirablue42: Ice Pirates should be on the list. Need to rewatch that one myself, since it's been so long.


Came here to say this.
 
2017-10-05 06:00:26 AM  

AngryDragon: farkingismybusiness: The Orville better not be on there. Unfunny shiat show.

90% of audience reviews on RT would disagree with you.


You have something stuck in your cheek there. Looks like some sort of barbed bendy hooky metal thingy.
 
2017-10-05 06:00:39 AM  

fusillade762: Attack the Block


I don't remember it as a comedy. Worth a watch though. Also the origin of my crush on Jodie Whittaker.
 
2017-10-05 06:03:36 AM  
FTA: "eventually came up with the final script a mind-boggling 12 drafts later. "

That's not mind-boggling, it's kind of par for the course.

Mind you, there's usually a big re-think about direction and message 'round about draft 8 or 9.
 
2017-10-05 06:18:27 AM  
I haven't seen it since the 70's. I wonder if it holds up, or was it just because I was a teen?

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2017-10-05 07:01:01 AM  
No love for Pluto Nash?
 
2017-10-05 07:04:36 AM  
By Grabthar's Hammer, take a look at these fails!
 
2017-10-05 07:16:56 AM  

Summoner101: By Grabthar's Hammer, take a look at these fails!


By grabthar's hammer....(disgusted pause).....take a look at these fails!
 
2017-10-05 07:17:47 AM  
Dated, but some genuinely funny moments:

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Originally known as The Creature Wasn't Nice, renamed Spaceship after the success of Airplane!, and renamed Naked Space for DVD release after the success of the Naked Gun films.
 
2017-10-05 07:30:57 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: I haven't seen it since the 70's. I wonder if it holds up, or was it just because I was a teen?

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Yes, it revels in the camp.
 
2017-10-05 07:36:11 AM  
I still think that in a SDCC in the not to distant future we'll see Mel Brooks complaining about how Rick isn't interested and generally being an old dick, then Rick appears on the screen above, yell at the camera, and storms onto the stage.
 
2017-10-05 07:47:20 AM  
While I love Spaceballs, it is not the greatest Star Wars parody ever. That would be Hardware Wars. The original, not the expanded version.

/I agree with the Ice Pirates sentiment above
 
2017-10-05 07:52:39 AM  
stay for Mars Attacks

Id rather not
 
2017-10-05 08:05:37 AM  
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2017-10-05 08:12:50 AM  
It was an ad for the Orville.

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2017-10-05 08:15:15 AM  

GlamrLama: List fails without Darkstar.


list is False Data
 
2017-10-05 08:23:06 AM  
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2017-10-05 08:53:27 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: I haven't seen it since the 70's. I wonder if it holds up, or was it just because I was a teen?

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It's certainly not good in a traditional sense, but it's fun. And the stop motion animation is cool.
 
2017-10-05 08:55:12 AM  

FarkaDark: [images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com image 182x268]


Well, the radio or TV version. The movie mostly sucked.
 
2017-10-05 08:55:30 AM  

ol' gormsby: FTA: "eventually came up with the final script a mind-boggling 12 drafts later. "

That's not mind-boggling, it's kind of par for the course.

Mind you, there's usually a big re-think about direction and message 'round about draft 8 or 9.


Yep. I met a director in Hollywood who wrote draft three and thirteen of a Will Smith movie.
 
2017-10-05 08:57:49 AM  

McGrits: While I love Spaceballs, it is not the greatest Star Wars parody ever. That would be Hardware Wars. The original, not the expanded version.

/I agree with the Ice Pirates sentiment above


I don't know Hardware Wars, but I love Thumb Wars!

Thumb Wars (Full Movie)
Youtube XQduN315etk
 
2017-10-05 08:59:46 AM  
List fails without Space Milkshake.

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/Just kidding. It was terrible.
//Kristin Kreuk was hot though.
 
2017-10-05 09:09:56 AM  
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2017-10-05 09:19:59 AM  
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No one yet? Really?
 
2017-10-05 09:26:02 AM  
Also as other farkers have pointed out list fails without:

Ice Pirates Buford HD 720p
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2017-10-05 09:27:26 AM  
Spaceballs wasn't that good. Yeah, I went there.
 
2017-10-05 09:30:43 AM  
The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a fantastic TV series. I wish they had made more with the plot lines from the next two novels. I still wish they would. In exactly the same style. Bad retro-futuristic 80s with bad 80s BBC production values. They're my two favourite things in TV.

/completely serious
 
zez
2017-10-05 09:51:59 AM  
i want to watch comical space movies with Israeli actors in them. Does anyone know where I can find a list?
 
2017-10-05 10:08:44 AM  

zez: i want to watch comical space movies with Israeli actors in them. Does anyone know where I can find a list?


On the interwebs?

\beyond the 7th dimension
 
2017-10-05 10:15:15 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-10-05 10:28:43 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Sure it's an anime, but it's the funniest space TV show besides Red Dwarf and Quark.

/Surprisingly good animation for a 90's anime, btw
 
2017-10-05 10:32:33 AM  

zez: i want to watch comical space movies with Israeli actors in them. Does anyone know where I can find a list?


Dunno about that but if you want some light reading I have a leaflet for you.

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2017-10-05 10:39:09 AM  

stevetherobot: Spaceballs wasn't that good. Yeah, I went there.


I saw Spaceballs in the theater when it first came out....and I agree with you. Yes, it has a few chuckles here and there, but overall, it's a bad movie.

I think it's one of those movies that people look more fondly on in hindsight because of how generally awful comedies are today, rather than on it's own merits. Or just that Hollywood doesn't even BOTHER to make comedy movies anymore.

 In the year that Spaceballs came out, you had comedies and various comedy/action or comedy/drama movies:
Three Men and Baby, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Stakeout, Witches of Eastwick, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Princess Bride, Raising Arizona., Roxanne. Those are relatively strong movies. Maybe not classics that demand viewing nowadays ( Stakeout is clearly the weakest of those ). Maybe Lethal Weapon falls into that group? Maybe even Innerspace?

And there's a couple more serious comedies, like Good Morning Vietnam and Broadcast News.

There's a bunch of broader throwaway comedies, Throw Mamma From the Train, Summer School, Can't Buy Me Love, Revenge of the Nerds 2, Police Academy 4, Overboard, Ernest Goes to Camp.

This year, how many comedies came out ( if you don't included animated stuff ) to wide distribution? Girls Trip. Baywatch. CHiPS. Snatched. Maybe Guardians of the Galaxy 2 counts? The Big Sick(?), Home Again?
 
2017-10-05 10:48:36 AM  
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2017-10-05 10:49:03 AM  
big images are big

/mea culpa
 
2017-10-05 11:03:58 AM  
I thought Armageddon was hilarious.
 
2017-10-05 11:18:57 AM  

farkingismybusiness: The Orville better not be on there. Unfunny shiat show.


Sorry, I intend to keep on liking what you don't like.
 
2017-10-05 11:20:20 AM  
Galaxy Quest
 
2017-10-05 11:20:55 AM  

AngryDragon: farkingismybusiness: The Orville better not be on there. Unfunny shiat show.

90% of audience reviews on RT would disagree with you.


Maybe he works for Star Trek: Discovery.
 
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