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"A comedy of Galactic Proportions."
  • PG
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 7.4  (179,150)
  • 70

Galaxy Quest is a 1999 science-fiction comedy movie directed by Dean Parisot and stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman. It centers around the cast of a once-popular sci-fi TV show called Galaxy Quest, who get mistaken by real aliens for actual space-traveling heroes instead of actors playing roles. The movie begins with the Galaxy Quest crew - including the show's former captain, Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) now struggling to find work at sci-fi conventions and in commercials. Soon, the actors are approached by real aliens named Thermians who believe the fictional show to be true historical documents of human space travel. The aliens are in need of assistance from the crew to help them defend their people against a dangerous, power-hungry warlord named Sarris.

Despite their initial confusion, the actors agree to help the Thermians and are transported aboard a fully-functional replica of their Galaxy Quest spaceship. The crew must now work together to navigate real-life space missions, avoid deadly obstacles, and defeat Sarris while still being constantly reminded of the funny, self-aware aspect of their predicament.

As the plot unfolds, the actors realize how these sci-fi conventions and fans are about more than just costumes and collectibles. They understand the real love fans have for their characters and how the value of the show goes beyond making money or finding work. The movie ultimately delivers a heartwarming message of friendship, teamwork, and the power of imagination.

One of the biggest strengths of the movie is the cast's performances. Tim Allen nails the role of an egotistical former star, playing a caricature of himself that is funny and endearing. Sigourney Weaver's character serves as the grounding force amongst the zaniness of the crew, and her ability to keep a cool head adds depth to the story. Alan Rickman steals the show as the sarcastic, classically-trained actor who is stuck playing an alien with a ridiculous name. Together, the cast has great chemistry and flawlessly delivers the comedic and dramatic beats throughout the film.

Another strong point of Galaxy Quest is its visual effects. Though the movie was made over 20 years ago, it still holds up, particularly considering it was created with a relatively modest budget. The spaceship designs and alien prosthetics are impressive, and the practical effects add to the film's overall charm. Even the cheesy special effects harken back to the nostalgia of classic sci-fi shows and give the movie a more authentic feel.

Galaxy Quest also parodies the inner workings of the sci-fi TV industry, mocking elements like rabid fan culture, demanding directors, and lackluster scripts. The idea of actors getting stuck in roles that they're not passionate about and being typecast is a theme that is touched upon throughout the movie. The movie also touched on the juxtaposition of the characters' lives, switching from seemingly mundane convention life to real-life space missions.

Overall, Galaxy Quest is a hilarious and heartwarming love letter to both the sci-fi genre and its fandoms. The movie stands out for its unique blend of comedy and space adventure, as well as its meta-commentary on the TV and film industry. It's a must-watch for fans of sci-fi, comedy, or anyone who wants to feel nostalgic for the days of epic space battles and campy costumes.

Galaxy Quest is a 1999 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 70.

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    1 hr 42 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (179,150)
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