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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mom and Dad Save the World


STATS
Mom and Dad Save the World
1992
Directed by: Greg Beeman (License to Drive)
Written by: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Starring: Jon Lovitz, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Jones

WHA’ HAPPENED?
An old married couple are unexpectedly blasted off to an alien planet ruled by Jon Lovitz and filled with total morons. Jon Lovitz wants to marry the wife and blow up Earth, so our heroes have to stop him. They do.

The title gives away the ending.

ISN’T THAT SPECIAL?
This movie is known (rightly so) for being straight up horrible.

Not exactly Schindler’s List, huh?

This is the reason Jon Lovitz isn’t an A-list movie star.

This film, and pretty much everything else about him.

WHAT YOU SAY?
“This is very important… Open my pants.”

“Did I mention we were a planet of idiots?”

SHIRTS AND SKINS:
Our hero (Jeffrey Jones, the titular “dad”) meets up with a tribe of muscle-y bird men. They are both hot and stupid.

Like these guys, except totally different.

BLOOD AND GUTS:
It’s a children’s movie, but it has a surprisingly high body count and derives the majority of its jokes from the wanton killing of extremely stupid people. They explode, fall off high things, and accidentally shoot themselves in the head.


RANDOM THOUGHTS:
Is this a bad film? Well, it’s directed by the mad genius behind The Richest Cat in the World and Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. So… yeah. It’s bad.

The backgrounds look a lot like Dr. Seuss drawings.

Now if only Mike Myers or Jim Carrey were here to overact.

The mushroom things were pretty adorable. I wouldn’t eat them either.

OK. IS IT GAY?
Not particularly. It’s a children’s movie, and it’s subversive. It has a children’s show vibe to most of its humor, and it seems to exist in a pre-sexual fairy tale world. Let’s give it three Peewee Hermans.


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