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GALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast member...

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published 03/01/2001 | Mercury
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"Spot on Star Trek send up"

I have to admit usually I'm not one for spoofs... you only have to look through the plethora of miserable examples to see they are very rarely well done... Leslie Nielsen has a lot to answer for!! They usually end up as a poorly linked sequence of amusing moments that are all in the trailer anyway. Galaxy Quest I am pleased to say is not one of these but is both amusing and entertaining; both as a dig at Trekkie conventions and as an enjoyable movie in its own right.

The story follows the stars of a now cancelled Star Trekesque series who are clinging to their 15 minutes of fame (well... 4 years to be precise) by endless appearences at conventions. The captain Taggart (Tim Allen) is resented by his collegues and is an embittered alcoholic. Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver) hates the fact that her role in the series comprised of repeating instructions to and from the ships computer and displaying her cleavage, Dr Lazurus (Alan Rickman) continually reminds everyone that he was once an eminent Shakespear actor. The cast also included a child prodigy and the inevitable tech sergeant.

The series is mistakenly taken as 'historical documents' by a group of gullible aliens who have replicated everything from the show and persuade the crew to help them fight off their mortal enemy, Sarris. This leads to a seemingly endless series of gags and jibes at the sci-fi genre and also some impressive special effects.

The film is helped no end by the performances of Tim Allen, who handles the comedy well, but more impressive are both Weaver and Rickman who manage to send themselves up superbly. The tension between the cast of the series is also believably hostile with the rivalry over public affection admirably captured by Dean Parisot, the director.

In conclusion this is probably the best spoof I've seen in years, it's well acted and very amusing. Perhaps more importantly, whilst I do watch Star Trek and hence 'get' a few more of the in-jokes, it is not a prerequisite to be a Trekkie. I've a lot of friends who don't like Star Trek but really enjoyed this... give it a try.

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  • flashpointz published 12/01/2001
    Simon, I just thought I'd mention that I saw this film first when I was in L.A last January - at the Cineplex at the Beverley Center! That bit of 'one up manship' over - I thought GQ was a superior spoof - very cleverly done. Maybe not as funny as some are, BUT Very clever - bits taken from several sci-fi movies, great observation and interesting castings
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GALAXY QUEST is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at the influence science fiction shows such as STAR TREK have had on their audience. The cast members of the cult sci-fi television series GALAXY QUEST now earn their livings appearing at conventions and grand openings, led by their bomastic captain Jason Nesmith, played by Tim Allen. When an alien race--the Thermians--arrives on earth, it appears that they have mistakenly appropriated the show's culture as their own, thinking the series was actual fact. Desperate for help in battling the evil General Sarris, they bring the actors with them into space to save their planet. A surprisingly smart and funny send-up of the science-fiction culture and the influence television has on the world at large, GALAXY QUEST is a comedy that even non-genre fans can enjoy, with terrific turns by Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT; TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES, DREAMWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; UNIVERSAL MUSIC OPERATIONS

Release date: 19/06/2006, 26/03/2001

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: DSL 1297, 490 913 9

Composer: David Newman

Costume Designer: Albert Wolsky

Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski

Editor: Don Zimmerman

Executive Producer: Charles J. Newirth

Producer: Mark Johnson, Charles J. Newirth, Suzann Ellis

Production Designer: Linda DeScenna

Author: David Newman

Barcode: 5051188129736, 0678149091397

Screenwriter: Robert Gordon, David Newman, David Howard

Languages

Main Language: English

Dubbed Language: German

Subtitle Language: Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, English, Danish, Swedish

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English German

Special Features: On Location In Space, Cutting Room Floor, Theatrical Trailer

Professional Reviews

Review: "...This tightly scripted, lightning-paced laffer delightfully pulls all the elements together and builds to a giddy and gleeful climax..." (Box Office, p.57, 01/02/2000)<br><br>"...The expert cast is more than game. Extra points to [Rickman and Weaver]..." -- 3 out of 5 stars (Premiere, pp.100-1, 01/06/2000)<br><br>"...Genuinely imaginative special effects which manage to recognisably in the spirit of the cheesy originals..." (USA Today, p.48-9, 01/05/2000)<br><br>"...Mischievously clever..." (Variety, pp.57-62, 20/12/1999)<br><br>

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