Coneheads (1993)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Comedy  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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The memorable skit from Saturday Night Live becomes this thin series of sight gags disguised as a feature film. Star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd makes a valiant effort to transform a brief sketch concept into a full-blown narrative, but the bland, generic, TV situation-comedy version of family life he's satirizing is so devoid of drama or conflict that his film, while occasionally clever, still falls flat. For a brief time, Aykroyd's script gets by on high-energy weirdness and bizarre visual jokes such as the Coneheads' dietary requirements and Beldar's career. When a pair of snarling INS investigators begin plaguing the protagonists, the formulaic qualities of his story take over and a big special effects-heavy finale is inevitable, derailing the vibe of suburban mockery that is the film's most compelling quality. Coneheads is most notable for being the first big-screen pairing of co-stars Chris Farley and David Spade, who would go on to be a successful comedy duo with Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep (1996).