Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin don their domes again in Paramount's 1993
throwback to the golden age of Saturday Night Live.
Dan is Beldar and Jane is Prymaat, a couple from far off Remulak sent
to subjugate the Earth until they're forced into an emergency landing
and must hide among the natives to survive. They settle into a middle
class lifestyle, Beldar eventually becoming a driving instructor while
Prymaat stays at home to raise their cone-domed (but all Earth teenager)
The conflict is provided by an INS agent (Michael McKean) bent on seeing
the illegal aliens deported to - wherever. He and his assistant (David
Spade) finally catch up with the Coneheads just as they're retrieved to
Remulak, but that doesn't stop his pursuit.
The movie is actually pretty good, much better than most of the SNL movie
spinoffs, and is suitable family entertainment. It's basically your typical
fish out of water tale, with some neat social commentary thrown in as
the newcomers learn to cope with life in suburban USA.
Aykroyd and Curtin are fine as Ma and Pa Conehead, and all the old SNL
skit gags are along for the ride as well - and fortunately, the audience
isn't beaten over the head with any of them.
Laraine Newman, who was a bit old to play Connie when the film was made,
has been replaced by Michelle Burke and she's fine in the role of the
alien teenager who wants to fit in with her Earthling peers. Newman shows
up in a cameo, as do an abundance of other SNL veterans including Chris
Farley, Garret Morris, Jan Hooks, Phil Hartman, Adam Sandler, Kevin Nealon,
Julia Sweeney, Tom Davis and Jon Lovitz.
Other cameos come from Dave Thomas, Drew Carey, Ellen Degeneres, Tom
Arnold, Michael Richards, and Sinbad.
The DVD is presented in widescreen, 16x9 compatible, with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio. Picture and sound quality are very good, though not outstanding
(which doesn't really work against what's basically a pretty lightweight
and silly film - though we always pine for the optimum audio and video,
of course). The only "extra" is the theatrical trailer.
Coneheads, from Paramount Home Video,
86 min, widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 compatible, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Michelle Burke, Chris Farley, Michael
McKean, David Spade
Produced by Lorne Michaels
Written by Tom Davis & Dan Aykroyd and Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner,
Directed by Steve Barron.
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