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1999

Tim Allen as Jason Nesmith as Peter Quincy Taggart
Sigourney Weaver as Gwen DeMarco as Tawny Madison
Alan Rickman as Sir Alexander Dane as Doctor Lazarus
Sam Rockwell as Guy Fleegman
Enrico Colantoni as Mathesar
Directed by Dean Parisot

Synopsis: Charming parody of the original Star Trek series. The washed-up primary cast is doing what it can to make ends meet after their show is cancelled, doing appearances and odd endorsements to make a buck. There is plenty of drama among the cast members, which helps to set up the eventual reunion, both physical (they have to go to space) and emotional (they have to trust each other). There are plenty of shenanigans along the way to reconciliation, and a fun showdown with Lobsterhead which leads to one of their best appearances ever.

Why is it such fun?

• Tim Allen channels Shatner with stunning accuracy. Have you seen the new game idea online? “Shatnering”? Where the players have to overact whatever they’re doing as soon as someone yells “Shatner”? Tim Allen would win. He’s great.
• The effects are a bit fluffier than you might expect for a sci-fi movie, but it is a spoof…vicious aliens shouldn’t be quite so…rotund?
• Sam Rockwell, Tony Shaloub and Alan Rickman. Their characters and lines are fantastic. “Guy, you have a last name!” “DO I?! DO I?!” He’s a redshirt.
• Enrico Colantoni. Mathesar’s laugh. I crack up when I hear it in my head, months after watching this movie. I have NO idea how he came up with that sound, but am OH so glad he did!

Weepy Meter: 1/10 There are some moving scenes. Betrayal can be quite the tear-jerker.
Man Meter: 3/10 Possible, if he’s any sort of Trekkie. He’ll like the effects and the dialogue.
Overall rating: 6/10 It’s really not bad, just silly. But with silliness comes the fun!

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