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2001: A Space Travesty (2000)

Marshal Dix is to free US president from aliens on the int'l lunar base. A clone has replaced him in The White House. Can Dix prevent an alien invasion?

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Allan A. Goldstein
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Nielsen ... Richard 'Dick' Dix
Ophélie Winter ... Cassandra Menage
Ezio Greggio ... Captain Valentino Di Pasquale
Peter Egan ... Dr. Griffin Pratt
Alexandra Kamp ... Dr. Uschi Künstler
Damien Masson Damien Masson ... Mr. President (as Damian Mason)
Pierre Edwards Pierre Edwards ... Lt. Bradford Shitzu (as Pierre)
David Fox ... Secretary Osgood
Sam Stone Sam Stone ... Police Chief Halverson
Verona Pooth ... Yetta Pussel (as Verona Feldbusch)
Michel Perron ... Famous Tenor #1
Paul Rainville Paul Rainville ... Famous Tenor #2
Yvan Ducharme ... Famous Tenor #3
Marc Hervieux ... Famous Tenor Voice #1 (voice)
Perry Canestrari Perry Canestrari ... Famous Tenor Voice #2 (voice)
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Storyline

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 Marshal Service immediately sends their 'best' man, Marshal Richard 'Dick' 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 Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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The Most Outer Spaced-Out Comedy Ever!

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Goofs

When Pratt goes to visit Dix, the shaving cream on his face goes on and off. Pratt's right eye is covered by cream in some shots, and clean in others. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Dix: [narration] Now I know what it was like to be a Roman candle on the fourth of July, that this hero stuff was not for me. I was ready to get back on the beat, hear the wail of sirens and play with my handcuffs and my gun. Yes, I was ready to plant my flag back in Washington D.C., where every Congressman has the Constitutional right to be a felon. Good old America.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Disco Ho He
(Thierry Durbet/L. Thierry-Mieg)
Courtesy of Cezame Argile
E.D. Musicale 2001
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An unfortunate display of bad comedy writing
2 September 2010 | by Beta_GallingerSee all my reviews

This is another spoof movie starring Leslie Nielsen, and I first heard of it a while ago, and knew it was obviously a sci-fi spoof. The title is derived from Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking 1968 film, "2001: A Space Odyssey", though this film is certainly not entirely a parody of that one. I've seen that particular Kubrick movie several times, but was not as impressed with it during my last viewing, in January 2008. Still, the title of this 2000 comedy, "2001: A Space Travesty", was what brought it to my attention, since I obviously know where this title came from. I could see that this was not one of Nielsen's popular spoofs, but after a while, and only about 24 hours after first watching "Airplane!", an earlier parody film with Nielsen (and a MUCH better one) this week, I watched this despised sci-fi comedy. While I didn't find it to be QUITE as bad as many others have (maybe most other people who have seen in at some point in the past decade think it's worse than I do), I still thought it was a lousy attempt at comedy, so I can't defend it.

Marshall "Dick" Dix is a clumsy detective who is informed that the President of the United States (a nameless character, but obviously based on Bill Clinton) is being held captive on a moon base called Vegan and has been replaced by a clone! The detective is sent out of Earth's atmosphere to this moon base, on a mission to rescue the real president and find out who's responsible for the crime. He is accompanied on this mission by an officer named Cassandra Menage. Together, the two of them make it to Vegan, where they see that there are many beings around, both human and alien. Dix and Menage begin their inspection, which will obviously not be helped by Dix's clumsiness. After defeating the evil Dr. Griffin Pratt and his hoodlums in a fight, thanks largely to Menage's martial arts skills, the two inspectors escape from the moon and take the president with them. Back on Earth, Dix puts who he thinks is the real president back in the White House, but it turns out he has just replaced the real president with the clone! Even though the detective has messed up, it's still up to him to save his home planet, so the mission which started with a trip to the moon now continues on Earth!

"2001: A Space Odyssey" is obviously too slow paced for some viewers, and it did seem too slow to me the last time I watched it, but with only one viewing of "2001: A Space TRAVESTY", it seemed to me that it had the opposite problem, it was too fast! The direction seems so rushed and unfocused, and so does Leslie Nielsen's narration. Unfortunately, the problems certainly don't end here. The movie is full of very juvenile and unfunny humour, and since it's a comedy, that's its main problem. This already shows during the opening sequence and is featured in many other scenes, including the penis jokes about the main protagonist's name, Dix trying to use a spaceship toilet on the way to the moon just as the artificial gravity is turned off, a human on the moon coming out of the bathroom covered in alien waste, condoms which are found later in the film, etc. There are so many gags here which obviously took no comedic talent whatsoever to come up with! Not only does the toilet humour fail, so does the slapstick, with such occurrences as Dix accidentally making a huge mess during his inspection on Vegan. The gags generally seem like they were just thrown in with very little or no thought put into them. In addition to that, the film also seemed too noisy to me.

Unfortunately, with all this movie's flaws, it's most certainly a misfire. Leslie Nielsen's character here is like Lieutenant Frank Drebin, his character in the "Naked Gun" series (they're both clumsy detectives), but if you're a fan of any or all of those movies, that certainly doesn't mean you're guaranteed to like this later spoof. I remember one time when I was in high school, a student was banned from my school bus route after playing with a dildo during the ride home and giving the bus driver attitude when he told him to get off the bus. "2001: A Space Travesty" seems like it was written by hyperactive high school students like that guy! I'll admit, I did smile at times while watching this film, but this was VERY rare, and I never actually laughed. Not only did it not make me laugh, I may have had a slight headache while watching it, which the film didn't help. Yes, my rating for this sci-fi spoof is 4/10, which is higher than what seems to be the most popular rating for it, but I still don't like it. I even feel like 4/10 just might be too generous, and know that many people would believe that saying this rating is too generous is an understatement! If you've never watched this unpopular 2000 comedy, I strongly suggest you don't, whether you like Nielsen's comedy roles in general or not.


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Country:

Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

2000.1: A Space Travesty See more »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,813
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Cinevent, Helkon Media See more »
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1.85 : 1
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