Synopsis by Mark Deming
The story of how an ordinary guy became the greatest hero of the French space program comes to the screen in this satiric sci-fi comedy. While some folks train all their lives to become astronauts, Stephane (Kad) becomes one the easy way -- along with Yanis (Guillaume Canet), he's one of two French civilian who win a special lottery that entitles them to spots aboard Europe's new space shuttle and a visit to their sister space station. The voyage is being headed up by humorless Col. Beaulieu (Olivier), with Capt. Soizic (Marina Fois) as his second in command. The voyage is to be the last for the longtime head of mission control (Andre Dussollier), but between the antics of the two hapless amateurs and the presence of an unfriendly alien aboard the shuttle, his swan song turns out to be anything but a smooth ride. Un Ticket Pour L'espace (aka Ticket To Outer Space was written by cast members Kad and Olivier, and directed by Eric Lartigau who had previously collaborated with the comedians on Mais qui a tue Pamela Rose?