Spaceballs

May 16, 2010

One line review: A lot of hit and miss jokes, but enough jokes manage to stick that you can at least enjoy the film.

Movie Title: Spaceballs

Actors: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Michael Winslow

Director: Mel Brooks

Year: 1987

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: Family

Rotten Tomatoes: 65% – Most jokes have a forced quality, but there’s something gleefully self-aware about them, like the vaudeville comedian whose act consists of telling bad jokes and laughing at them, but doing it all with exquisite timing.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This won’t be a movie I hold in such high regard, but at least it was funny sometimes. The jokes come at you one moment after the other: some set up, some sight gags, some hidden jokes, all thrown at the audience at random. Part of the reason I didn’t think much higher of this movie is because it seemed to shift from one joke to another without giving the audience time to think. Still, the movie avoids getting too annoying, has some rather clever observations and jokes, so it overall comes off as an enjoyable, if a bit strange, movie.

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Police Academy

November 7, 2009

PoliceAcademyOne line review: An average movie with a few funny moments, and plenty of vulgar moments.

Movie Title: Police Academy

Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall,     G.W. Bailey, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott, George Gaynes, Andrew Rubin, David Graf, Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Winslow,     Debralee Scott, Bruce Mahler,     Ted Ross, Scott Thomson, Brant von Hoffman

Director: Hugh Wilson

Year: 1984

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: TV

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 47% – Police Academy at its core is a harmless, innocent poke at authority that does find a fresh background in a police academy.

My rating: ** – A Good Movie

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):
The more I think about this movie, the more I dislike it. The movie itself is actually surprisingly forgettable, with each character devolving into nothing more than their cliches. The only memorable parts for me are the vulgar comedy scenes that I hated. However, there are at least enough funny scenes to keep you entertained for the duration of the movie. Still, there are better ways to spend your time, and I certainly have no plans of watching any of the sequels. This movie is good for some laughs here and there, but there’s little else to enjoy with this movie.

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