What makes this movie so unique, however, is the fact that it uses the sometimes fanatic behavior of sci-fi fans who take their favorite shows too seriously and puts that passion in actual aliens who believe the crew of "Galaxy Quest" are real.
It pokes fun at just about every stereotypical sci-fi fan. From youngsters who argue over certain inaccuracies about the ship with the "captain" to average looking folks trying to mimic their favorite vixen from the show, it's all here. Overacting, underappreciated and Shakespearian-trained co-stars fed up with miserable catch phrases, child-stars trying to break from the past, etc. The stereotypes overflow.
As a science fiction film, "Galaxy Quest" stands quite well on its own. The special effects are brilliant considering this is plugged as a comedy. The acting is superb, especially Sigourney Weaver, who pulls off being a dim-bulb blonde in great contrast of other characters she has played. Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub and the rest of the cast are perfect.
This is a fun film worth owning, especially if you love your science fiction with a great story and brilliant visuals.
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