Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1987, cable, video, DVD, 22 Sep 2001 and12 Sep 2013)
Brief Synopsis – Evil President of the Planet Spaceballs sends his minions to steal the air from peace-loving planet Druidia and only a rogue pilot name Lone Star can stop them.
My Take on it – The summer of 1987 was a very sad one for me because a close family friend died suddenly of a heart attack at the young age of 35. I was only 13, but it hit me very hard. Relatives of his came to our town to be with his wife and 3 small daughters and since our families were very close and we were close in age to the relatives, we spent a lot of time together during that summer.
One of my clearest memories of that summer was going to see this movie. I had always been a Star Wars (1977) and and sci-fi in general and was super-ecstatic to go see this spoof. I went to see this movie with the relatives and I remember crystal clear that the father got upset at all of us kids since we constantly repeated the line about “assholes” during the whole car-ride home. As a parent, I can definitely understand his frustration and don’t know how I would react if my kids did the same thing.
Watching this movie again brought back many memories both sad and ultimately happy since this movie is hilarious. IMHO, this is Mel Brooks’ best spoof, better than Blazing Saddles (1974) or even Young Frankenstein (1979). Perhaps it’s because of my love for sci-fi or maybe due to the fact that it is rumored that Brooks got permission from George Lucas to spoof as much of Star Wars as he wanted to as long as he didn’t merchandize. (Those of you who saw this movie will understand that even that was added as a gag into the movie.)
Its strange that this hilarious movie brings up somewhat sad memories for me, but that’s one of the great things that I love about movies; the way that I can associate certain movies with important milestones in my life and still enjoy and appreciate those same movies for what they really are.
Love the duality!!
Bottom Line – Great spoof, one of my all-time favorites. Very funny and on-the-spot. Highly recommended (especially if you’re a sci-fi fan)
Rating – Oscar Worthy