Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof, Absurd Comedy  |   Release Date - Sep 18, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Bruce Eder

This satirical anthology film came and went in theaters fairly fast at the time of its release, and then enjoyed a healthy life on home video (even showing up on laserdisc at one point), back in the day when people used to rent their movies nightly at video stores. But it hasn't aged as well as, say, John Landis's own Kentucky Fried Movie, which was somehow on target even when it missed (the bad parts there gave you a chance to catch your breath from laughing, whereas the misfires here are just . . . misfires). Some of the parody seemed pretty tired at the time, a decade (or more) into the run of Saturday Night Live, while other parts that did work -- such as the sci-fi spoof of the title section -- tended to overstay their welcome. And Joe Dante, in particular, would turn in a finer, more wonderful (and affectionate) sci-fi satire a few years later with Matinee (which, as of 2012, has still not gotten the special edition treatment it deserves on DVD). But if one watches Amazon Women On The Moon without high expectations, or the need for solid laughs along extended stretches, it can still be fun, even 25 years later.