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You don't have to be aStar Trekfan to enjoyGalaxy Quest, but it certainly helps. A knowingly affectionate tribute toTrekand any other science fiction TV series of the 1960s and beyond, this crowd-pleasing comedy offers in-jokes at warp speed, hitting the bull's-eye for anyone who knows that (1) the starship captain always removes his shirt to display his manly physique; (2) any crew member not in the regular cast is dead meat; and (3) the heroes always stop the doomsday clock with one second to spare. So it is with Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and the stalwart crew of the NSEAProtector, whose intergalactic exploits on TV have now been reduced to a dreary cycle of fan conventions and promotional appearances. That's when the Thermians arrive, begging to be saved from Sarris, the reptilian villain who threatens to destroy their home planet.

Can actors rise to the challenge and play their roles for real? The Thermians are counting on it, having studied the "historical documents" of the Galaxy Quest TV show, and their hero worship (not to mention their taste for Monte Cristo sandwiches) is ultimately proven worthy, with the help of some Galaxy geeks on planet Earth. And while Galaxy Quest serves up great special effects and impressive Stan Winston creatures, director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) is never condescending, lending warm acceptance to this gentle send-up of sci-fi TV and the phenomenon of fandom. Best of all is the splendid cast, including Sigourney Weaver as buxom blonde Gwen DeMarco; Alan Rickman as frustrated thespian Alexander Dane; Tony Shalhoub as dimwit Fred Kwan; Daryl Mitchell as former child-star Tommy Webber; and Enrico Colantoni as Thermian leader Mathesar, whose sing-song voice is a comedic coup de grâce. --Jeff Shannon

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CastTim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub
DirectorDean Parisot
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date:  1999
DVD Release Date:  May 2, 2000
Runtime:  102 minutes
Studio:  Dreamworks Video
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review by . September 08, 2010
Never Retreat, Never Surrender!
Galaxy Quest.  Weird to admit that the first time I saw this movie was just last night when it came out in 1999. To be fair 1999 gave us incredible movies like The Matrix and Fight Club, so perhaps my mind was elsewhere. This movie was not high on my radar when it was new.      The source that even made me remember this movie existed was from my Directing 1 professor. If he liked there must be something good about it. So, while going to Wal-Mart looking a new DVD set out …
Quick Tip by . May 01, 2010
Tim Allen plays a washed up science fiction TV star, arrogant, silly and proud (sounds familiar), who gets a chance at one more voyage!
review by . April 14, 2010
I wonder whether a non-Trekker would enjoy this movie as much as we Star Trek fans do. The answer is, probably not quite so much or in quite the same way, but I'm pretty sure they'd like it. That's part of what makes "Galaxy Quest" so special. Who needs a movie that only works for those who dress like a Starfleet officer to walk the dog? We'd like a decent plot and some interesting characters, too, if you don't mind.    We'll get to the Star Trek references in a second - first, …
review by . November 01, 2008
Galaxy Quest
This is the best satire comedy on the market, making fun of the old Star Trek show and all the conventions and Trekkies that followed the show.     The aging actors of the Galaxy Quest show still attend conventions, signing autographs for money, and no other acting career left because of the previous popularity of their show. Commander Peter Quincy Taggert is just Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), a has been actor with a big ego. He's in dutch with his fellow cast members for taking …
review by . December 19, 2000
Pros: Very funny; Great cast; Hysterical script; Excellent direction; Lots of fun     Cons: Honestly, I can't think of anything at all.     What do you get when you have six defunct sci-fi actors, countless Trekkie-esque groupies and a planet in major trouble? Why, Galaxy Quest, of course! Add a great cast, hysterical script, excellent writer and terrific costumes, and you've got yourself a fabulous movie.      Galaxy Quest is about the …
review by . January 10, 2000
Pros: Amusing send off of Star Trek and their fans     Cons: A little too nerdy at times.     I knew I was in for something weird when I noticed that everyone in the theater was a fan of Star Trek. How could I tell? The tee shirts, the head gear, the Star Trek jokes, etc... It became pretty obvious that I was either at a Trek convention or something close.       While I am not a major fan of Star Trek, I could follow along with all the …
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