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Spaceballs 
A funny film that isn't just for sci-fi fans
3/4 stars

In a distant galaxy, the home planet of the Spaceballs is in danger of losing all of its oxygen. The largest ship in the Spaceballs' fleet, Spaceball One, is sent to drain the nearby planet of Druidia of all its atmosphere.

On Druidia, a princess (Daphne Zuniga) is about to be married to the last available prince (JM J. Bullock), but she runs off and the princess runs away because she doesn't want to marry this man. The king (Dick Van Patten) hires the rogueish "Lone Starr" (Bill Pullman) and his partner, "Barf the Mawg" (the late John Candy).

As they run from Spaceball One, commanded by "Dark Helmut" (Rick Moranis), they meet the master of the Schwartz, "Yogurt" (Mel Brooks, in one of two roles).

The movie is packed with many sight gags and jokes. None of which are offensive. There are very few scenes where there isn't a joke.

The cast is spectacular and deliver the jokes wonderfully. The chemistry between every actor is fantastic.

The visuals are well done. There are however at least one special effect that looks fake. There is also a scene with actors in makeup reminiscent of a cult classic 1960's sci-fi movie that appears to be worse than the original makeup in that movie they are paying tribute to.

Brooks has put together a wonderful comedic tribute to science-fiction movies that isn't violent like some other movies. There is some strong language and a few gestures that children should not see if they are real young.

If you are looking for a funny movie with a lot of good laughs, this is one of the ones you should check out.


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