(director: Steve Barron; screenwriters: Dan
Aykroyd/Tom Davis/Bonnie Turner/Terry Turner;
cinematographer: Francis Kenny; editor: Paul
Trejo; music: David Newman;
cast: Dan Aykroyd
(Beldar Conehead), Jane Curtin (Prymaat Conehead), Michelle Burke (Connie Conehead), Michael McKean (Gorman Seedling), Jason Alexander (Larry Farber), Lisa Jane Persky (Lisa Farber), Chris Foley (Ronnie), David Spade (Eli Turnull), Laraine Newman (Laarta), Adam Sandler (Carmine), Phil Hartman (Marlax), Dave Thomas (Highmaster), Sinbad (Otto), Jan Hooks (Gladys), Garrett Morris (Captain Orecruiser); Runtime: 87; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Lorne Michaels; Paramount; 1993)
ultimately fails because it lacks sufficient
satire or an edge."
by Dennis Schwartz
one-joke sci-fi film misfire that's based on the
popular Saturday Night Live sketch. It blandly tries
to stretch such thin material into a full-length
feature film. It's flatly directed by Steve Barron
("Treasure Island"/"Choking Man"/"Merlin") and
poorly written by Tom Davis, Bonnie
Turner and Terry Turner. It just wasn't
funny. Also the movie irritates with its overt product
placements for Pepsi and Subway.
SNL writers have us believe that no one notices that
the married couple, with the pointed heads, Beldar
Conehead (Dan Aykroyd) and
Prymaat (Jane Curtin), are
not fom France but from the planet Remulak.
The big joke is that the family has assimilated into
the American melting pot and found middle class
success by achieving the American dream, through
Beldan's efforts as a taxi driver.
laughing moment is supposed to come when the meanie
bigot immigration official, Gorman Seedling (Michael
McKean), and his smarmy underling, Eli
Turnull (David Spade), notice
that the illegal aliens are really aliens from outer
space and try by all means to get them deported.
neighbors in the New Jersey suburbs all accept the
Coneheads for who they are. Their troubled teenage
daughter Connie (Michelle Burke)
dates the oafish Ronnie (Chris Foley). When the
Coneheads find they are able to return home they are
happy but their daughter is not. Connie, who was born
in America, doesn't want to leave her boyfriend and
soft American life.
weak comedy is derived from the Coneheads'
robotic waddle, their awkward way of talking and the
consumption of mass quantities of chicken embryos.
ultimately fails because it lacks sufficient satire or
REVIEWED ON 5/19/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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