Leslie Nielsen once again plays a bumbling detective in the vein of the 'Naked Gun' movies, but this time as Marshall Richard 'Dick' Dix. When odd reports are received through official ...
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General Rancor is threatening to destroy the world with a missile he is hiding at his secret base. But to complete his goal, he needs a special computer chip, invented by the scientist Prof... See full summary »
Leslie Nielsen once again plays a bumbling detective in the vein of the 'Naked Gun' movies, but this time as Marshall Richard 'Dick' Dix. When odd reports are received through official channels stating that the President of the United States is being held captive on a secret international moon base called Vegan and that he has been replaced on Earth by a clone, the US Marshall Service immediately sends their 'best' man, Dix, on the mission. Dix travels to Vegan to rescue the president, but is quickly duped and ends up returning to Earth where he installs the clone-president and removes the real one. The bumbling Dix must then find a way to restore the real president before aliens take over the Earth, and restore in himself a belief in truth, justice and the American way. Written by
The space shuttle that Marshal Dix takes to Vegan is owned by Pan Universe Airlines, the same company that owned the Mayflower 1 shuttle in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). See more »
When Pratt goes to visit Dix, the shaving cream on his face goes on and off. In some shots Pratt's right eye is covered by cream and in others it is clean. See more »
Crapper-Dumper .. This is not a Typo Elevator Operator .. Old Man Cranshaw Cross Dresser .. J. Edgar Hoover ... DON'T LEAVE! LOTS MORE WILD AND CRAZY CREDITS TO COME! ... Daily Electricians .. [...] Thomas A. Edison Hey There Lonely Boy .. Ruby and the Romantics Hit Song Swing Your Partner .. Round and Round Famous Painter .. Leonardo Da Vinci ... TEA AND COOKIES FOR AUDIENCE MEMBERS WHO STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS! ... Chief Make-Out Artist .. Sergio "The Bull" Bafungulo ... THIS SPACE FOR RENT ... Special Make Up Effects .. Lon Chaney, Jr. Extras Wrangler .. Annie Bordeau For the Best Strip Clubs in Town Call .. Bart Crabmeister Driven to Insanity Alan Shearman Assistants to the Assistants I.P. Day, Mungoo Ganja, Iva Neuschlong Photocopier De-Blocker .. Jim "I Haven't Got a Clue" Dicktop Lip Service .. Laurie Clamidia Long Distance Runner .. Jed Wheezer Tail Supervisor .. Boris Yeltsin Great Head .. Valerie Dorkfit Foreskin .. Rabbi Shlomo Focukakta The Carpenters .. Karen and Richard Assistant Carpenters .. [...] Jesus of Nazareth Painters .. Vincent van Gogh Plastered .. Buck Livergone Drug Runner .. Emilio Jesus, Estor Miguel Maria Jones Fluffer .. Lola Vivacious Local Shop Keepers .. Dale and Bob Flatbed Weekly Fourth Assistant Directors .. Terrence Halflife, Margaret Pigshoof, Vinnie "The Accountant" Stugazz, Rugsham "Give it to me, Baby?" Singh Memo to Post Supervisor from Producers .. You're Fired Clap Trap .. Tiajuana Sue Ladies Man .. Jock Sinep Polly Grip .. A Denture Aid The Number of the Beast .. 666 ... [TAP-TAP] HELLO-OH? IS THIS ON? [TAP-TAP] ... Really Good Beer .. Anything Brewed in Bavaria Das Kapital .. Karl Marx Really Expensive Whatchamacallit CGI Machine Operator .. Wolfgang "Let's Do It in CGI" Pixelkopf Moldy Cheese Maker .. Hervé Lactose - Bangkok Unit Rikshaw Driver .. Phon Duck Tu Thanks for the Great Weekend, Duck Tu! - Moon Unit Director .. Xtro Isitope First Assistant Director .. Manfred "I Can't Work Under These Zero Gravity Conditions" Fredman Director Of Photography .. System "5/ZXB20-20" - Optical Cyborg First Assistant Cameraman .. Ragstrum ^&*()(%$#!!**&^ (pronounced "Smith") Special Effects Supervisor .. Zujj Al Nushshabah (not to be mistaken with Zujj Al Nushshabah from star cluster ZN5311,ATP187) Location Manager .. Nicky "The Glow Worm" Radium Anti Matter .. The Evil Captain Kirk Minutely Detailed Miniature Spacecraft Never Used .. Timmy "Get a Life" Glueschinoz Space Stuff Consultants .. Stephen Hawkins, Albert Einstein Slime Removal .. Gacrux Alien Residual Disposal, Inc. "Nothing Grosses Us Out" Space Debris Provided By .. The Papua New Guinea Space Agency - Fart Sound Effects Courtesy of .. Franc and Beens Jet Propulsion Laboratories Film Sprocket Hole Puncher .. Yankl "The Knife" Moyle The Producers Want to Thank .. God (for saving our ass) ... FAGITABOUTIT! ... AH...WELL...IT SEEMS THE CATERER FORGOT TO SHOW UP WITH TEA AND COOKIES. SORRY. INSTEAD FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE, WE PRESENT FARTSOUND EFFECTS OUTTAKES... ... The Standard, Everyday Fart The Girlie Fart The Hairy Truck Driver Fart The Squishy Fart The "Thank God, I Just Made It To The Bathroom" Fart The "No, No, That Was Me Getting Up From A Vinyl Couch" Fart The Misfire Fart The Royal Ripper Fart See more »
Now I do like spoof movies, when they are funny and done right. There are some funny spoofs around, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety and Loaded Weapon 1 for example, but the spoof genre has also had some excrement such as Disaster Movie and Epic Movie. 2001: A Space Travesty is not as bad as any of the worst of Friedberg and Seltzer. However, that is not saying much, 2001:A Space Travesty is still a terrible movie, being contrived, embarrassing and unfunny and it makes you think what possessed Leslie Nielson to take on this project.
As I said in the review title, the irony in the word "travesty" is correct. To be honest, while hardly clever or original the title is the best asset of this movie, as well as the end credits which was the only time in the entire movie when I cracked a smile, you know immediately there is something wrong when that is the case. The production values are cheap, with the costumes more reminiscent of fancy dress, shoddy camera work, dismal special effects and wobbly sets. The soundtrack is poorly thought out, In the Navy by The Three Tenors especially felt as though it was shoe horned in.
The story is predictable and almost a non-event, the pace didn't draw me in in any way and the direction was decidedly patchy. Also the characters are little more than stereotypes and caricatures and really bad ones at that with names that felt like poor Carry On lampoons. The acting is terrible, yes including from the talented Leslie Nielson. Nielson shows he can be funny as with Naked Gun and Airplane, which are comedy classics in my opinion, but he overacts and mugs shamelessly here which saddened me hugely. Everyone else either overplay, are bland or seem to be playing themselves. Worse is the humour, the film just isn't funny and is filled with the crude and vulgar kind of humour that doesn't come close to the inspired zaniness of the best of the spoof genre. The homages and references to sci-fis such as 2001:A Space Odyssey(one of my favourite films) are obvious and poorly thought out and the script is abysmal and didn't make me laugh one time.
In conclusion, not the worst of the genre but a mess all the same. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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