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mamamiasweetpeaches
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Im sort of on the fence with this one. I didnt love it but I didnt hate it either.

Thoughts?

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This is a classic, you either love it or hate it, its one of those mel brooks greats (the guys a genius) i loved the part when lonestar and dark helmet (cool name) are fighting and accidently kill one of the sound/camera men, i loved the improvisation around that scene, my advice is if you like humour to get this as its a great movie (note the take on the classic charlton heston movie planet of the apes at the end) "spaceballs, oh **** there goes the planet" classic!!! may the schwartz be with you
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Chris the CandyFanMan
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Quite seriously, this film helped shape who I am. That may sound a bit bizarre, but it's true; through here I saw for the first time in my life how powerful great comedy can be, and that there are no rules to doing so whatsoever. Add in a fantastic cast and an actually quite solid for a parody story (that's why Mel was the best parodier in the business; he made sure there was a strong foundation to hang the lunacy on), and you've got easily the makings of a cult classic that it's become. How many other films have had just about every line become a classic (sure, a lot on this site, but that this can be included therein speaks a lot).
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Funny in parts. Not as uniformly strong as 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein' but fairly entertaining. Made as a loose Star Wars parody far too late. I remember when it came out wondering why they hadn't made it 5 years earlier. Rick Moranis steals the show.
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I need to see Spaceballs again.
I have a feeling that this was a "close but no cigar" flick for me.

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Ill agree with that. "Close But No Cigar". I enjoyed it and laughed some, but I guess after stuff like YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and BLAZING SADDLES Ive set my expectations pretty high.

The funny thing is I watched the movie a half hour by myself and then my brother in law visited and watched the last hour with me and he could quote just about the whole movie! Watching it with him made the movie more enjoyable cuz hes a huge fan and I was sort of feeding off his energy.

My favorite part was Rick Moranis playing with the dolls and according to IMDB Trivia that part was improvised by Moranis.

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It's worth pointing out that one thing this movie didn't have that Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein did have, is Gene Wilder in his prime. He was cinematic gold all by himself!

Comedies are always better when you watch them with other people.

The Spaceballs quote that gets me every time...

Dark Helmet: What's the matter with this thing, what's all that churning and bubbling, you call that radar screen?
Colonel Sandurz: No, sir. We call it Mr Coffee. Care for some?
Dark Helmet: Yes. I always have my coffee when I watch radar, you know that.
Colonel Sandurz: Of course I do, sir.
Dark Helmet: Everybody knows that!
All the henchmen in the room: Of course we do, sir.

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Im still waiting for "Spaceballs 2, The search for more money". That line from the movie keeps me waitin for a sequel !!! [Big Grin]
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I try to stay away from comparing this one to Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, Young Frankenstein & History of the World Part I because most of the comedies ever made suffer at the feet of these classics, especially Saddles and Frankenstein. When I drift from the comparison, take my brain out and just watch, I truly enjoy it for its own merits.

"Man! We ain't found s***!"

"Say goodbye to your two best friends, and I don't mean your pals in the Winnebago."

Colonel Sandurz: "I don't know sir! They must have hyperjets on that thing."
Dark Helmet: "AND WHAT HAVE WE GOT ON THIS THING, A CUISINART?!"

"What's your name?"
"Barf."
"Your full name?"
"Barf-olemew!"

"I knew it. I'm surrounded by a*******!"

"Hey! Those are the guys that stole our uniforms!"
"They beat the s*** out of us too!"

There are so many more, but c'mon...that's funny stuff right there! [Big Grin]

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Good jokes. Thought it was hilarious aged 7, doubt I could watch it now, though.
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It's still ok..though it has lost some of it's flair over the years..But still easily ranks as one of Mel Brook's best works. I remember seeing this in the theatre way back when came out..I had never heard louder laughter before in any movie I've seen before of since.
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Chris the CandyFanMan
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"Hey, that's my escape pod; who are you!?"
"I'm the bearded lady. What are you, one of the freaks!?" (kicks Helmet in you-know-where, climbs into escape pod and blasts off) "COME BACK YOU FAT BEARDED I&#$(*@&#(@~~!!!!!!!!"

"Fire a warning shot across her nose...Careful you idiot, I said ACROSS her nose, not UP it!!!"

"Radar...about to be...jammed." (jams it with raspberry)....."I've lost the bleeps, I've lost the sweeps, and I've lost the creeps."

"Quick, give me a reading."
"Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done..."
"Will you stop that!!??"

"Cancellation button!? Hurry!"..."OUT OF ORDER!!??" "...Even in the future nothing works!!!!"


And so, so many more. I must admit that it was another few years after my first viewing of this that I saw A New Hope for the first time, so I initially as a 7 year old thought this was entirely an original--albeit heavily skewered--piece.

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I loved Spaceballs as a kid and I still love it today. When I first watched it, I didn't understand that it was a parody of Star Wars. I just thought there were a lot of odd coincidences. Once I understood it was a parody, it became even funnier to me. I'll find myself using quotes from the movie in everyday life from time-to-time and everytime I watch Star Wars I keep waiting for Obi Wan to squeeze in a "use the Schwartz" line.
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