Thursday, June 07, 2007
Comedy and science fiction. I don't know. Sometimes it can be tremendous fun (such as in "Galaxy Quest") and sometimes it can be so bad your small intestine falls out. I could spend a few minutes and discuss how comedic elements can be used to make the fantastic more palatable. I could. But I won't. Instead let's look at what I consider to be the worst five films in the category of bad funny genre films. I post these in no special order.
1) The Three Stooges In Orbit Sad. At the end of their careers, Moe Howard and Larry Fine, with the assistance of an old vaudeville friend, Joe De-Rita, filmed this appalling mess that only the most dedicated Stooges fan could have loved. The tagline read:IT'S NEW! IT'S NUTTY! THE STOOGES PLAY RING-AROUND-THE-MOON WITH A MOB OF MIXED-UP MARTIANS!
2)The Coneheads It was occasionally a fun Saturday Night Live skit, but as its own feature film, this vehicle for Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin proved to be a sore disappointment. I blame the direction and the pandering script for abusing the available talent. The story follow a family of aliens living in suburbia, keeping a low profile as they scout out the terrain to gather intelligence for a possible invasion. Hahahahahaha. "Third Rock From The Sun" got it right.
3)Buckaroo Bonzai I know there are some of you out there who will swear this film is your cinematic soul mate. Stop. Don't embarass yourself. This untidy mess is the story of a physicist, neurosurgeon, Samurai, rock star who saves the world from aliens. Sort of an updated version of the Stooges' film, if you will. I've read this has become a cult film...pass the cool aid.
4)VIsit To A Small Planet was a wonderful bit of satire by Gore Vidal when it first appeared on Broadway. It took the darling of the French, Jerry Lewis, to wreck it beyond recognition and create a vehicle for his own scenery chewing burlesque.
5) Spaceballs. I know there are people who adore this film. Me? Hated it. Hated it like runny egg. Mel Brooks is hit and miss. "Blazing Saddles" enormous hit. "History of the World" miss. "Young Frankenstein"? Hit. "Spaceballs". Unwatchable.