An alien couple crash-lands on Earth and must assimilate
into Earth culture while they wait for their rescue ship.
Directed by Steve Barron
Written by Tom Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner
Starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Michelle Burke,
Michael McKean, David Spade, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman,
Jason Alexander, Sinbad, Dave Thomas, Laraine Newman
Spin-Off of Saturday Night Live
Coneheads is a ridiculous movie that has aged surprisingly well, thanks mostly to the insane ensemble cast of SNL alumni. It's one of the better, more watchable movies to come out of Saturday Night Live, and I think that's owed almost entirely to the hilarious chemistry of Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin. Admittedly, the premise runs thin pretty quick, with the Coneheads' shtick of talking fast and complicated getting annoying pretty quick. But that gets balanced out with memorable characters and a lot of funny sight gags.
Aykroyd and Curtin are Beldar and Prymatt, two alien invaders who crash-land on Earth. While waiting many years for a rescue, they have a child and make a home in the suburbs, all the while telling everyone they're from France. The most hilarious bit is that nobody ever questions anything they say. But INS Agent Seedling (McKean) and his toady Eli Turnbull (Spade) want nothing more than to find the aliens and deport them. I see this film as a celebration of the beginnings of SNL and its unforgettable run in the 90's with Farley, Spade, Sandler, Hartman, and all the other iconic comedians that came from that era. A lot of them pop up in Coneheads.
I'll admit that Coneheads is no Blues Brothers or Wayne's World, but it's a hell of a lot funnier than A Night at the Roxbury, Stuart Saves His Family, or the ungodly monstrosity It's Pat. Coneheads is meant to be stupid, and if you can accept that, you'll enjoy yourself with all the stupid but funny gags that never stop.