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5 Movies like Galaxy Quest: Space Silliness and Fandom Fun

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‘Galaxy Quest’ (Dean Parisot, 1997) plays off old favourites like the ‘Star Trek’ franchise with a fictional cult television series, before sending the cast of the show-within-a-movie out on a space adventure of their own. It also represents the 1990s thanks to star Tim Allen and its Times New Roman-loving website – check out the screenshot. When you’re done giggling at that little bit of last millennium history, you can keep your intergalactic journey going with space silliness and sci-fi fandom fun in ‘Spaceballs’, ‘Blast from the Past’ and more great movies like ‘Galaxy Quest’.

~ Jane Howarth

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

Movies Similar to ‘Galaxy Quest’

1. Underrated

‘Blast from the Past’ (Hugh Wilson, 1999)

‘Blast from the Past’ takes inspiration from a different side of sci-fi, and like ‘Galaxy Quest’ it comes up with something pretty original in the process.

Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone star in this funny little movie about a guy whose family took refuge in a nuclear fallout shelter during the height of the Cold War. Unfortunately for them, a freak coincidence leaves them believing the worst has happened, so they bolt the doors for thirty years… They eventually emerge to find 1990’s America instead of a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Similarity Match: 65%
‘Blast from the Past’ can sit happily alongside ‘Galaxy Quest’ though it’s all about the domestic side instead of deep space adventures – good sci-fun with a bit of nuclear fallout on the side.


2. Must-See
‘Spaceballs’ (Mel Brooks, 1987)

If you know Mel Brooks’ movies, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for – a parody with addictive songs you’ll be singing for weeks. I’m not sure it’s his finest work but it’s good fun, and hey, this parody’s even earned the approval of George Lucas (though maybe there’s more to that story).

Expect characters like Pizza the Hutt on this, ahem, completely original mission to save a threatened planet and an intergalactic princess.

Similarity Match: 80%
Leading the ‘Star Wars’ parody contingent, it’s a bit of silliness you’ll get all too caught up in – where ‘Galaxy Quest’ is an homage, this one’s a true spoof.


3. Unknown

‘Thunderbird 6’ (David Lane, 1968)

Often overlooked in favour of ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ (David Lane, 1966) or the updated, live action remake nobody asked for, I’m tempted to say ‘Thunderbird 6’ is the best of the lot.

If you’re new to the puppetry action, here’s what you need to know: The Tracy family save people in peril, stop terrorist plots and foil criminals from their island hideaway under the collective pseudonym of International Rescue.

When we join the team for this instalment, their resident inventor, Brains, has designed a revolutionary aircraft and has been invited along for a ride on its first voyage. Nice, huh? But this is ‘Thunderbirds’, so you can bet someone’s going to throw a spanner in the works.

Similarity Match: 75%
Would you mistake the two movies for each other? Not a chance! But this puppet show is another surprisingly thrilling space story.


4. If You Like ‘Galaxy Quest’, You Will Like

‘Moonraker’ (Lewis Gilbert, 1979)

A bit of a weird one by any account. It’s not officially a tribute, parody or anything along those lines, but I think the evidence suggests otherwise.

Can Bond halt a megalomaniac’s plans to destroy the world? Jaws (the henchman, not the shark) is back on 007’s trail as we follow the agent through Brazil, along the canals of Venice and finally up to space.

Highlights include a quirky romance, a speed-up boat chase and a pigeon doing a double take as Bond races through Piazza San Marco – and all this before we’ve even set foot on the space shuttle.

Similarity Match: 55%
Partly a reference to the sci-fi trend of the era and partly another true-to-form 007 film – so where’s the similarity? The suave agent is another accidental astronaut trying to save humanity.


5. Unexpected
‘Thumb Wars: the Phantom Cuticle’ (Steve Oedekerk, 1999)

Oscar nominated writer/director/screenwriter Steve Oedekerke brings us the silliest space flick on the list. Despite having faded into obscurity, this space edition of the thumb parody series is half an hour of good fun.

The plot? Well, as I’m sure you can guess, it’s a re-do of ‘Star Wars’ in miniature form, brought to us by thumbs in little costumes.

Similarity Match: 60%
This thirty minute thumb-themed short won’t be mistaken for ‘Galaxy Quest’ anytime soon, but like the Tim Allen movie, you can see lots of love for sci-fi shining through.


I’m Not Even Supposed to Be Here, I’m Just Crewman Number Six

And if you’ve got time for another must see movie, try ‘Star Trek’ (J. J. Abrams, 2009). Sure, it’s played straight, but like ‘Galaxy Quest’ there’s plenty of tribute paid to both the original ‘Star Trek’ show and movies, and the wider sci-fi landscape. Along with a big nod to ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ (Nicholas Meyer, 1982), there are enough fan references to keep any space-lover happy – unless you’re wearing a red shirt, in which case you have my sympathy.

There’s a whole universe of sci-fi and space stuff out there, though, so our trek doesn’t end here. Which films like ‘Galaxy Quest’ do you think every fan should see? Let us know in the comments!

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