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Galaxy Quest
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Directed By
Dean Parisot

Written By:
David Howard, Robert Gordon

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Robin Sachs, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle, Justin Long

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Galaxy Quest (1999)
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Movie Review by Zara
February 1st, 2007

Before William Shatner suddenly obtained cool status again, there was a time when he was touring with the Star Trek conventions, signing autographs and having to answer the same questions over and over to the rabid fans who treated the TV show as if it was a reality. Knowing this makes Tim Allen's break-down in GALAXY QUEST all that much more amusing to me.

The movie parodies Star Trek in every possible way, from the silly space costumes, the lame scripts and plots that the show had and of course the uber-fans who have followed the show long after it was canceled. Where the movie starts is in the conventions, long after its own parallel show has been canceled as well. Everyone is older and supposedly wiser when aliens come down to Earth asking for the cast's help with their intergalactic problems.

We all know from having been told by TV and the movies over and over that TV signals take forever to get out into space, so these aliens not only think they just watched the show that was just aired by that it was more of a documentary than a fictional thing.

Having a dad who's been a big Star Trek fan (and sci-fi in general) sans the silly costumes and the lingo, I was exposed to a lot of what this movie is making fun of. It gives me the upper hand in understanding and appreciating some of the more subtle jokes.

Sam Rockwell in a small role as a guy who was once in a small role on the show is absolutely hilarious. It's too bad that this didn't help to launch his career as well as it should have.

**Amended on 7/1/2010 - after watching this movie again, more recently than I did when I first reviewed the film, so it's more fresh in my memory, I don't think I gave it enough credit when I first reviewed it. There is so much refreshing sentimentality to the alien race which is hard to overlook and very much integral to it being successful in connecting with the audience, young and older members alike. I'm glad that I ended up buying the 10th anniversary edition DVD to watch with my daughter and I'm even more happy that she ended up loving the film.

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Feb 19, 2007 4:10 PM
I confess...I'm a trekkie and I love this movie. You're right about it being more enjoyable to trekkies.

And Rockwell as Guy was absolutely brilliant.

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