In spite of the some rather negative early reviews, I plan on plunking down my cash to see Land of the Lost this weekend. It's a silly move, but I can't help myself; I blame my addiction to Danny McBride. Plus, I wasn't around for the original series, so it's not like Ferrell can mess up any childhood memories. But it did get me thinking; sci-fi and comedy are two genres that usually work pretty well together, right? So what does any movie geek do in this situation? That's right, we make a list. So now I present in no particular order, my top ten sci-fi comedies:
So technically, maybe not a pure sci-fi flick (it has gadgets...does that count?). But you definitely can't argue with funny; and it made for a nice departure for those of us tired of seeing our heroes 'brood' all the time.
Most people I know hate this movie; and to be fair, it hasn't aged well. The F/X are a little creaky, and Meg Ryan is downright annoying, but when I saw this film as a kid it was the height of hilarity -- score one for nostalgia.
How could you not love Mike Judge's vision of a dystopic future where the #1 rated TV show is Ow! My Balls!
When it comes to sci-fi comedy, Ghostbusters is the granddaddy. To this day I consider it one of the funniest films ever made; and thanks to Bill Murray, I grew up to be the smart-a** that my family and friends know and love.
Woody Allen and sci-fi probably aren't two things that most people think would work well together. But Allen transplanted his nebbish New Yorker into the future, and still managed to make jokes about sex and health food stores.
After the jump; the final five...
6. Back to the Future
Robert Zemeckis made a classic when he first introduced us to Doc Brown and Marty McFly. You don't need me to tell you why this film is fantastic, all you have to do is spend two hours with the genuinely lovable hero, and you'll be singing along with Power of Love in no time -- now if they could just do something about getting those Nikes into mass production...
7. Galaxy Quest
For anyone who has ever remotely flirted with sci-fi fandom, then Galaxy Quest is for you. There isn't much I can say about this movie that Scott already hasn't covered. But I will say that if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and start updating your Netflix queue now.
It may not be Mel Brooks' greatest comedy (*cough* Young Frankenstein *cough*), but Rick Moranis' performance as Dark Helmet alone earned this movie a spot on the list.
9. Weird Science
A young Robert Downey Jr. is just one of my favorite things about this '80s throwback -- well, that and that Oingo Boingo song. But, the story of two geeks who learn a valuable lesson after making the perfect woman on their home computer earned a spot for giving me Chet's (Bill Paxton) threat to his younger brother, Gary: "OK, you die, she walks out of here with a severe limp..."
Before Scott Baio was humiliating himself on reality TV, he was the star of a hit show and trying to branch into a film career -- and unfortunately one of those films was Zapped! It was a new low even by teen sex-romps standards with Baio starring as a lovable loser with Telekinesis -- if only he could have transported himself out of the movie. But I love a movie that is the so bad it's good, so Zapped! managed to grab a spot.
So now it's your turn. Sound off below, and leave your nominations for the best sci-fi comedies...