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4.7 out of 5 stars
Galaxy Quest [DVD] [2000]
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 27 August 2016
I wouldn't have thought it was possible to make a sci-fi spoof as good as this - it is both sharp and generous, and is stuffed with hilarious moments. Set at a Star Trek-style convention, it reverses the situation by having the jaded stars approached by what look like fans in costumes, but these are the real thing, from Outer Space and in trouble! Having had all they can stand of the series and playing their roles, the TV stars find themselves having to fulfil the role of heroes for a very naive people, the Thermians, steering their spaceship through all kinds of difficulties. The Thermians had got copies of the TV series, thinking of them as 'historical documents' and having no concept of acting. A forced landing on a planet to find a new beryllium sphere for fuel brings combat with a Pig-lizard and rock-monster. Despite their fearsomeness these don't daunt Commander Taggert (Tim Allen), whose hero's smile is at the ready for every occasion, stirring much jealousy in his rival with a fin on his head, played by Alan Rickman. Glamour is provided by Sigourney Weaver, as well as the reference to Alien. She has a way of repeating commands and statements exactly as they do on these programmes, in a smooth, under-control sort of tone that is very funny. Further comedy of a wide-ranging sort is provided by Sam Rockwell, lamenting the fact his character has no name because he only appeared in one actual episode. He has a moustache and a medallion, and waves a very large gun. A teenage fan of the series plays a heroic role in the end (played by Justin Long). The Thermians are brilliantly lovable, they are so gullible, and the enemy, Sarris, looks suitably hideous. The film manages to be funny one moment and emotionally affecting the next; it would be hard to imagine anyone not enjoying it, whether you are a fan of sci-fi dramas or not.
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on 10 August 2017
This is a fantastic sci-fi spoof that combines cleverness without being up itself, and excellent laugh out loud comedy. So the cast of Galaxy Quest are largely has-beens, living off the show's legend, but unknown to them aliens have watched every episode and actually thing the fictional TV cast are the real deal. Cue them being sent into space to try and save the day in an interstellar kind of way. It's absolutely fantastic. Alan Rickman plays a disillusioned thespian, Sigourney Weaver is spot on as the futuristic femme fatale, and Tim Allen plays the drunk former starship commander. There's plenty of trekkie in jokes, including great takes on the usual fate of the red shirt security guys.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 July 2014
This is a very, very silly and yet EXTREMELY funny and entertaining parody of "Star Trek" - and also, surprisingly a great and clever tribute to this legendary franchise. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

PRECISION: if you never saw at least one episode of ORIGINAL "Star Trek" series, watching this film doesn't make any sense - you will just lose your time. My SINCERE advice for all those who are until now completely "Star Trek" free - watch one episode of the ORIGINAL series! My personal recommended favourites are "Arena", "The Omega Glory", "Space seed", "Mirror, mirror", "Balance of terror", "The enemy within", "Bread and circuses", "Patterns of force", "Amok time", "Day of the dove" and of course "The trouble with tribbles"...)))

In this film we follow the initially not so glamorous adventures of the cast of a once-popular television space-drama "Galaxy Quest". Those fictional series which are an almost exact replica of original "Star Trek" series starred Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) as the commander of a spaceship called the NSEA Protector, Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman) as the ship's alien science officer, Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) as the chief engineer, Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver) as the computer officer, and Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell) as a precocious child pilot.

Since the cancellation of the show neither of them could find any more real acting jobs and they survive mostly by making commercials and appearing during fan gatherings... With the exception of pathologically optimistic Fred Kwan they are mostly not very happy about their lifes and careers, with two of them suffering especially badly: Jason Nesmith is an alcoholic and Alexander Dane is actually suicidal... And then one day a group of VERY peculiar fans makes contact with Nesmith and then the film really begins...

This film is a surprisingly succesful parody/tribute. It is of course a pure comedy, without even one serious moment in it and it is also a GOOD comedy - but it is also a surprisingly gentle, tender parody, absolutely NOT like those "Scary movies" abominations and not even as mildly incisive as Mel Brooks "Spaceballs". In fact it reminded me more of Mel Brooks "Frankenstein junior", because this film mocks massively and mercilessly both the "Star Trek" show and its fans - and yet there is a surprising lot of tenderness towards the original material and the love fans feel for it... At the end, after watching the last scenes, I was not only amused but also a little bit moved...

The great casting choices helped a lot to make this film a success. Alan Rickman who plays a long-suffering actor who had great ambitions but now is destined to be remembered only for silly make up and cheesy quotes ("No, no, no, no, I played once Richard III, I absolutely totally refuse to say this stupid line one more time!") is an ABSOLUTE NUMBER ONE treasure in this film. Sigourney Weaver is impossibly sexy in the blond wig and her character is another treasure ("I have only one job to do on board of this darn ship and even if it is completely stupid I am gonna do it!"). Tim Allen portrays a great parody of both Captain Kirk AND William Shattner. Tony Shalhoub, let's stress it again, is simply incredible as a pathologically optimistic guy, so happy and cheerful that we simply want to slap him - and at the last moment we simply cannot, so disarming he is... Finally, last but not least, there is also Sam Rockwell who plays Guy Fleegman, an extra who made just a cameo in one of episodes and who never fully recovered from it...)))...)))...)))

By looking on the cover of the DVD you can guess that some real aliens will appear - and they give a great show, especially the alien babe Laliari (Misi Pyle), the hottest, sexiest cephalopode I ever saw...))) Fanboys of "Star Trek" are not forgotten and they are of course mocked mercilessly, but also with some tenderness and tact. There is nothing here even remotely similar to the obscene vulgarity of this "Fanboys" film, which dealt with "Star Wars" fans...

Bottom line, this is an EXCELLENT, extremely funny and yet surprisingly gentle and even tender comedy, which is also a relatively rare thing - a well done "parody of and tribute to" the original material. An absolutely recommended viewing! ENJOY!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 September 2013
This review is based on having watched the film at home on both DVD and Blu-Ray. It is near the top of my list of all-time favourite films and IMHO is one of the funniest ever made (an opinion I share with Readers Digest, who have it on their list of the 100 funniest films).

"Galaxy Quest" takes the mickey, very gently and sympathetically, out of science fiction TV and films in general and Star Trek in particular, of the actors who take part in them, and the fans who follow them.

It tells the story of a group of actors who had been the stars of a former Science Fiction TV series, long since cancelled, who suddenly find themselves on a real and fully functional starship exactly like the NSEA Protector, the ship in their TV series. In the belief that they were accepting an acting job, the actors have unwittingly taken the job of reprising their roles for real and trying to save a race of aliens with no concept of fiction who assumed that the Galaxt Quest TV shows were "historical records" and the actors really are the characters they played in the series.

(BTW, the above is not a spoiler because it's explained on the back of the Blu-Ray and DVD boxes.)

So the headline stars, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver, are not really playing spoofs of Kirk, Spock, and other people from the "Star Trek" Universe, although the roles their characters played in the TV series within the film were clearly based on Star Trek characters.

Allen, Rickman, and Weaver are playing spoofs of Bill Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and in Weaver's case mostly herself with a bit of Nichelle Nichols and Marina Sirtis added: and depicting how actors who played such parts on TV might react if they found themselves having to reprise those roles for real.

Most of the time this is played for laughs but there are moments when some of the actors, particularly Tim Allen and Alan Rickman, portray some quite moving scenes of pathos, anger, or triumph.

The fans are also a major part of the story and in fact the actors and their ship only survive because they are able to contact a fanatical group of dedicated Trekkies - sorry, "Questerians" (that's the word used in the film for the equivalent of Star Trek fanatics) - who know the details of the Enterprise - sorry, the NSEA Protector - so well that they can tell the actors how to fix a particular issue with the real ship.

Many aspects of Star Trek are lampooned on the show but in a sympathetic way. For example, Sam Rockwell puts on a hysterically funny performance as Guy Fleegwell, an actor who had a couple of very minor roles in the original show and keeps getting convinced that he is doing the equivalent of "beaming down in a red shirt" and therefore about to get killed.

Guy's fears are the result of confusing reality with fiction, but sometimes they are fully justified and he provides some wonderful laughs playing on the confusion between the show's reality and that of the Universe as the actors are horrified to discover it.

Similarly on realising that she's about to have to do for real something very dangerous from one of the episodes, Sigourney Weaver as Gwen DeMarco (the actress who plays a mix of Uhura and Troi) complains bitterly that the relevant episode was badly written, and has an even funnier line later about the scriptwriters who responsible for dreaming up what turn out to be unpleasantly real dangers.

All the acting was excellent, and in addition to the three leads I would single out Enrico Colantoni who plays Mathesar, leader of a friendly alien race called the Thermians, and Justin Long as Brandon, a leader of a group of devoted Galaxy Quest fans with an encyclopedic knowledge of the show.

The Blu-ray version of this film is really spectacular, and I also liked some of the extras, particularly a "Galactopedia" reference facility which you can access while watching the film and which describes the universe of the "Galaxy Quest" series in great detail, just like the Star Trek reference books often put together by fans.

I agree with J.J. Abrams who created the two most recent Star Trek films, when he descibed Galaxy Quest as "One of the best Star Trek movies ever made."
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on 3 June 2016
I was surprised at how much I love this film. Better than it aught to be! Very funny and affecting at the same time. A very funny performance from a stellar cast, especially the much-loved, much-missed Alan Rickman. I only had one very small gripe with the film, the alien leader did a brilliant impersonation of an alien trying desperately to speak English, but the rest of the alien actors didn't even attempt same. Treat yourself to a night in with this one.
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VINE VOICEon 18 April 2016
An excellently-judged spoof of Sci-Fi Conventions, nostalgia and fandom in general. The cast of 1980s cult sci-fi show, the titualar 'Galaxy Quest' are called upon to help a race of peaceful aliens battle an evil force beyond our world. Leading the cast is Tim Allen as the bombastic star, Jason Nesmith; Sigourney Weaver excels as the sarcastic Gwen DeMarco, but the shining star is the late, great Alan Rickman, who plays Alexander Dane - a failed Shakespearean actor with a rueful past.

It's very tongue-in-cheek and extremely enjoyable. Recommended.
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on 23 May 2016
This was always one of those films that was on Sky Movies years ago, so often that you never felt the need to sit and watch it because it's being shown every day and then it faded away forgotten. Its a sci-fi action comedy that has gained cult status and quite right too. Its a fantastic film and it surpassed my expectations and it is a funny warm movie. Its a movie I always wanted to see and it was worth the wait. The sci fi spoof could easily come across as a sub par B movie but its far from that, its very funny and remarkably clever.
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VINE VOICEon 30 January 2010
Galaxy Quest is one of the very greatest family films, a good plot with a range of emotions, characters that both young and old can appreciate for very different reasons, and just clever enough to relax into for a highly entertaining hour and a half. A mark of whether a film is 5 star is whether it holds up well on a repeat viewing a decade after release and Galaxy Quest certainly does. The casting is unbelievably good, the action flows well but never dominates the characters, and the satirical element remains one to admire.

OK so it is a bit obvious at times and the characterisation is unchallenging but that is how a high quality family film is put together. The casting is perfect for a range of audiences with Tim Allen expertly cast as a self-centered actor who played the captain of a starship twenty years earlier and lives on the adulation. Sigourney Weaver, the most iconic of all female sci-fi actors, gives a terrific interpretation of the gender values of the 60s science fiction explosion. Alan Rickman is given a particularly difficult role as a sardonic British thespian somewhat displeased with the low brow nature of his craft. Tony Shalhoub does not have a huge amount of screen time but for those of us who appreciate Monk it is a pleasure to see him in action.

Galaxy Quest is of course a spoof on the science fiction television genre and Star Trek in particular but this is no ordinary spoof. It is a great story by itself. Mainly seen through the actions of Tim Allen's character, the washed up actors are given a second chance to do something with themselves in the form of saving a race of aliens from a particularly evil villain. The satirical digs at the people of Star Trek - both the cast and the fanbase - are close enough to the mark to work but are harmless enough for this to be a very family friendly outing. The gentle comedy throughout should keep adults entertained while the fight between good and evil is exciting enough for younger viewers.

The formulation of the plot including the away mission on a nearby planet comes directly from the original series of Trek with the heroes beaming down to the planet to give the viewer a break from space. Within that formula comes most of the gentle satire and though Crew Member 5 hams up his role a bit much for this reviewer's liking, it is enough of a nod to shows of yesteryear to draw at least wry smiles and flat out laughs at many points. The scene in which Sigourney Weaver complains about the construction of the ship to include a completely unnecessary trap is a brilliant way of handling the numerous plot irregularites that make sci fi so variably watchable.

It would be hard to claim that Galaxy Quest is the funniest film or even the best satire of recent times but what it unquestionably makes for is tremendous family viewing for fans of sci fi or for those who just enjoy a good light hearted action comedy. The dvd extras are very limited but the film itself is what family films should be.
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on 5 December 2013
Bought this film back in January 2006 but it's taken me a long time to get around to reviewing it.

I love sci-fi films and films that take the mick out of sci-fi (without being stupid).

This is great film, very funny and is one that I can watch time again and still find as funny as the first time I saw it.

I owned it originally on VHS and got it again on DVD because I enjoy it so much

Big fan of Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and especially Alan Rickman so this was a must buy for me :o)

Unfortunately I'm not as good as writing reviews as others but can only sum up by saying if you enjoy sci-fi and comedy films then you should get this
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on 15 January 2013
This is a wonderful riff on Star Trek and tis actors. The acting team from Galaxy Quest ( a now discontinued but much loved cult TV series) are doing endless rounds of openings, conventions and are scratchy and un-happy with each other. The Captain more into girls and drink than anything, the Spock type ( a frustrated Thespian played perfectly by Alan Rickman) the communiciations officer who everyone oogles ( Sigourney in a great role) are all going nowhere fast. Then approached by aliens ( its way better than that sounds) they suddenly find themselves having to live their roles and calling on fans to help. It's funny, it's heroic, it's insightful and played for all its worth by a great cast. I especially loved the security guy...you know the one who always gets killed because he has no name...
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