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Following a similar plot to the skit, Coneheads is the story about the Beldar Conehead family who crash on earth during a scouting mission for planet conquest. While here, they dodge the INS, have a child and discover that life on Earth is quite good.
This is where the movie shows its heart. It could have been a movie of comedy bits but by the end, it is about happiness in a stable family, which is quite refreshing in these days of depressing movies about divorces and unmarried couples. It is nice to see Beldar be a father figure to his daughter rather than the "Let Your Kids Be Who They Are" mentality of these days. The direction of the film in excellent, setting up many nice visual gags and shots that are very impressive for a comedy film. And at times, the film feels "epic" as you see the family on the run from the INS, to moving to the suburbs to returning to their planet.
There are great performances throughout the film and the many cameos are perfect. Look for funny scenes from Jan Hooks, Adam Sandler, Michael Richards, and Garrett Morris. Michelle Burke makes a nice debut as Connie Conehead and I expect to see more of her in the future.
On the surface, this seems like a dumb movie and it has received many poor reviews. But if you sit back and let it take you on an adventure (and if you can keep up with the way the Coneheads use different words for common items) you will be pleasantly surprised.
The story focuses around Beldar & Prymatt Conehead who are aliens from another world. Whilst on a scouting mission for planet conquest, they are inadvertently left behind. Whilst waiting to be rescued they decide to adapt to life on Earth and become illegal citizens of America. During that time they have a daughter, are constantly on the run from the INS and try to live a normal American sub-urban life.
Going from the story you are forgiven for thinking that it just sounds like a stupid comedy movie, but the involvement of the great comedy minds are what make this movie work. The adaptation of the aliens into American suburbia is the obvious standout feature of the picture. Beldar (Aykroyd) and Prymatt (Curtin) present a relatively creepy persona of the Conehead aliens, yet what they actually do is present a very accurate idea of illegal immigrants trying to integrate into this suburban lifestyle.
The film is very metaphorical in that respect, as the mixture of the Coneheads culture and ideas with that of Americans is in a sense "Alien" and represents that idea we have of immigrants moving to a strange land. Upon the birth of their daughter Connie (Burke) that American culture becomes even more Alien as their daughter is one of them, but not only that, she's a teenager.Read more ›
Released in 1993, it seemed like the period of comedic relevance had passed by Beldar (Dan Akyroyd), Prymaat (Jane Curtin) and Connie (Michelle Burke). But armed with a neat movie tie-in with Subway, cameo appearances by many past SNL cast members and a script heavy in cartoonish skits, Coneheads was clearly pointed in the direction of a fun romp.
Michael McKean and David Spade are the stumbling and bumbling antagonists, in their roles as officials of Immigration and Naturalization Services. There is a good dossage of special effects, but the monster, Garthok, steals the show in all of its low-grade madness.
The main characters may have lost a bit of their edge from SNL, but that isn't the point; Coneheads keeps it light with laughs, while not taking itself too seriously.
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mibs we must narful the gathack just don't tell jake from star farm stills funny as everPublished 8 days ago by yawaysvoice
I hadn't seen this movie in years and purchased it on an impulse buy. I'm so glad I did. It is still as hilarious as I remember.Published 9 days ago by Ms Prater
A tight script with loads of cleaver fun - this well paced comedy wears well (why you want to own it) and you'll see SNL vets (Dan, Jane and Jon Lovitz) and the (then) newcomers... Read morePublished 17 days ago by A. Omega
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