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Spaceballs Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    46

    out of 100

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    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Brooks' own timing as a director doesn't seem up to its usual snuff. Light-years stretch out between the set-up of a gag and its payoff, and for a director who has always depended on the quantity of his jokes rather than the quality, the gap is fatal. When a character is introduced as "Pizza the Hut," and then shown as a melting mass of mozzarella and tomato sauce, the result is to turn a fairly clever pun into something thuddingly obvious and vaguely nauseating. [24 Jun 1987, p.3]

  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Mr. Brooks's vision of ''Star Wars'' and its underlying silliness cannot help but wear thin. But Spaceballs has none of the aggressively unfunny humor that has marred some of Mr. Brooks's other recent efforts, and its spirits remain consistently high.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Full of love, Spaceballs is full of laughs; after 13 years of screen disappointments, Brooks has almost delivered another Young Frankenstein. May the box office be with it. [24 Jun 1987, p.1D]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's dialogue is constructed out of funny names, puns and old jokes. Sometimes it's painfully juvenile. But there are some great visual gags in the movie, and the best is Pizza the Hutt, a creature who roars and cajoles while cheese melts off its forehead and big hunks of pepperoni slide down its jowls.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    If Spaceballs disappoints you, it isn't because it's unfunny or not entertaining. Brooks at medium pressure is still more amusing than most movie makers. [25 Jun 1987, p.1]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Goofy parody mocks the Star Wars series.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this spoofy comedy is up to its Dark Helmet in off-color jokes, sexual innuendo, and potty humor. When you're not giggling, you might cringe at the kind of humor it inspires in your tweens ... but, then again, they've probably seen a lot iffier stuff than this.

  • Families can talk about other film or TV parodies they enjoy. For example, The Simpsons is one of the best examples of parody used as social commentary; what can funny imitations point out that serious analysis may render too boring?
  • Which movies is Spaceballs specifically making fun of? How can you tell?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie is always irreverent and often crude, but the core story has the good guys triumphing, love conquering all, and friendship persevering.

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    Role models: The good guys do the right thing in the end, and some characters change for the better (particularly Lone Starr and Princess Vespa). That said, there's some ethnic humor relating to Jewish and African-American stereotypes, and Vespa isn't particularly independent woman. Dark Helmet is also whiny and petulant.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some cartoonish combat/violence. Princess Vespa shoots a group of enemy soldiers with a ray gun. Dark Helmet uses "The Schwartz" to inflict pain on a man's genitalia; he and Lone Starr have a battle with their respective Schwartzes.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not too much is shown, but there's plenty of innuendo. Lots of groin-related jokes, the most explicit when Dark Helmet and Lone Starr activate their Schwartzes while cupping privates. President Skroob is shown in bed with a pair of twins. Much is made of preserving Princess Vespa's virginity.

  • language false3

    Language: A fair bit of strong language, with "s--t" being the most frequent. "F--k" is uttered once by Dark Helmet.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: The movie mocks excessive movie commercialism. Lone Starr pilots a Winnebago, and Princess Vespa's ship is a Mercedes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to smoking.

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