Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1999. DreamWorks, Gran Via Productions. Story by David Howard, Screenplay by David Howard, Robert Gordon. Cinematography by Jerzy Zielinski. Produced by Mark Johnson, Charles Newirth. Music by David Newman. Production Design by Linda DeScenna. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Don Zimmerman.
Marvelous science-fiction comedy about a troupe of has-been actors who were once stars of a Star Trek-like television show called Galaxy Quest, now making most of their money at conventions and store openings. Tim Allen accepts a job from obsessed groupies to do an event for them, not realizing that they really are actual aliens from another planet who are under the impression that the episodes of the television show are historical documents of human achievement and have enlisted his and his team members’ help to save them from an evil villain who wants to destroy their species. At first the actors are hesitant as they don’t really know what they’re doing when they’re brought on to a real-life recreation of their show’s spaceship, but gradually they grow a real bond with their new friends and help them because it’s in their hearts to do so. Lots of fun, and some genuinely touching moments (Patrick Breen‘s worship of Alan Rickman‘s Spock-ripoff is sweet) really bring out the best in the actors and make it a memorable film. Sigourney Weaver is hilarious as the computer-expert/Raquel Welch-goddess of the ship who knows she has a crappy job but decides to give it her all anyway.