There are so many movies out there and so very many I have not seen. But I have probably seen more than most. Largely due to my screen writing class in college. Our instructor handed out a list of 500 movies we needed to see for the script writing and it just grew from there. (Still haven’t completed the list of 500 just yet). So I started to keep a list of movies I had seen, in fact I complied a database of movies I have seen before I had access to computer. Once I received my first computer and learned how to use excel, I migrated my data from my notebook (ha ha funny double entendre) to a spreadsheet. A few years years ago I began to adopt cloud computing and I now maintain my list on IMDB. If you care to see the whole thing you can go here here My point is there are so many movies and so many ways to categorize and refer to them. John just finished watching Galaxy Quest and it made me think about my favorite comedy Sci Fi movies. And so here they are:
5. The Fifth Element. .
The 5th Element
This movie is at the bottom of the list as it is not a comedy per se, but I include it as comedy instead of straight up sci fi as it is really a very funny movie. Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas, a former military commando ends up protecting the 5th Element, in human form portrayed by Milla Jojovich, from evil forces. I love most things by Luc Besson and like another under appreciated Bruce Willis comedy ‘Hudson Hawk’ it does not get nearly the attention it deserves. Favorite scene, the airport check in scene where everyone is Korben Dallas. Also like Gary Oldman’s Zorg character quite a bit.
4. The Rocket Man..
Harlan Williams is very funny as a computer programmer nerd selected for a Mars mission. There are so many great scenes in this movie it is hard to chose just one. The entire candidate vetting act is full of hilarious moments. The isolation chamber puppet act, the pulling g’s till you puke, when he scream like a girl after being selected. There are those who say this movie is very juvenile, but sometimes those are funny movies.
3. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy..
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A very good adaptation of Douglas Adams great book. Earth is mistakenly destroyed to make way for a new intergalactic highway, but fortunately Arthur Dent accidentally caught a ride on a passing ship and now he hitchhikes around the galaxy finding a purpose and the meaning of life. Mos Def is great as his partner Ford Prefect and Sam Rockwell is perfect as clueless President (channeling George Bush Jr.) Zaphod Beezlebrox. Favorite scene, the truth gun that makes you say what you are really thinking but doesn’t work on women since they already do that. Interestingly enough two of the standouts from Galaxy Quest, Sam Rockwell and Alan Rickman are also great in this movie.
2. Men in Black 2 ..
Men in Black 2
Men in Black 2 is a rare example of a sequel which is better than the original. Secret agency of men administrate the aliens among us on earth. Will Smith is so watchable in this movie as Agent Jay as he is in most. Love Tommy Lee Jones as Agent Kay. And another alum from Galaxy Quest has a great role in this movie. Tony Shalhoub is a seriously under appreciated actor who can completely disappear into his character is great as Jack Jeebs, black market dealer. Favorite scene, when Agent Jay goes to bring back Agent Kay from his normal life as a postal worker completely surrounded by aliens.
1. Galaxy Quest..
Speaking of Galaxy Quest. This movie is so funny for so many reasons. Spot on spoof a Star Trek conventions and washed up former TV actors. Former TV show actors are recruited to help actual aliens defeat an enemy. My daughter Greer says Tim Allen is way better in this movie than the Santa Claus movies. Sam Rockwell is hilarious as nameless crew member number 5. Sigourney Weaver plays the usually vapid female from every sci fi TV show to a perfect pitch. One of favorite actor of all time Tony Shalhoub is also amazing in this as Tech Sargent Chen. I love the scene where they land on an unknown planet as everyone else is freaking out he is calmly eating his crackers and cheese pack. The kids helping from earth led by Justin Long as Brandon are a great portrayal of obsessed fan boys and girls. This movie in many ways redefined what a sci fi comedy could be, funny and smart, spoofing and original. We watch this movie often in our house and our kids love to quote it often.
So there you have it, my list of Top 5 Sci Fi Comedy movies. Let me know what genre you would like me to cover next.