Badass DIgest Presents: GALAXY QUEST

Director Dean Parisot
Year 1999
Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman
Rating PG
Run Time 102min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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It’s pretty easy to poke fun at Star Trek and its fandom, but it’s much harder to mix laser-beam parody with serious affection the way GALAXY QUEST does.

Yes, GALAXY QUEST stars Tim Allen, but this isn’t one of ‘those’ Tim Allen movies - it’s actually hilarious and absolutely spot-on. And it’s more than a little sweet, which doesn’t keep it from being totally badass.

Directed by Dean Parisot, GALAXY QUEST is the story of a group of washed-up TV actors who are trapped in the niche fandom for their long-canceled sci-fi show. It turns out their fans aren’t just basement-dwellers, though - aliens have seen broadcasts of the show (shades of Explorers!) and believe the televised adventures of Cmdr. Peter Quincy Taggart, captain of the starship Protector, to be documentaries.

Embroiled in an interstellar war, the aliens kidnap the actors from a personal appearance to turn the tide of battle. Saying this is the best Tim Allen performance isn’t much, but what about this: it’s one of Alan Rickman’s best roles! Sigourney Weaver is absolutely awesome! Sam Rockwell is so good in this movie that it helped catapult him into leading roles!

The script by David Howard and Robert Gordon tweaks Star Trek while still letting their characters stand on their own. Everything comes together in a movie good enough to win both the Nebula and the Hugo, two of sci-fi’s biggest awards. And you’ll never look at rudimentary lathes the same way again.

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