Comedian-director Mel Brooks is mostly recognized throughout the film industry for his parodies of popular movie genres. For example, 1974’s “Blazing Saddles” is a spoof of the western genre, and 1981’s “History of the World Part 1” parodies the epic genre. But the director’s 1987 effort “Spaceballs” tackles on a very tough subject for parody: science fiction. But it works. And while the movie wasn’t a box office hit when it first came out, “Spaceballs” has garnered a cult following. Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” is a very entertaining film, despite having some minor setbacks, and it makes use of its subject matter to the fullest effect.

The story of the movie revolves around the same basic formula as “Star Wars”. But Mel Brooks turns it on its side. The group of Spaceballs, under the imperial forces of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) and President Skroob (Brooks), plan on stealing all of the air from their peace-loving planet Druidia. That way, the Spaceball planet will survive. But in order to achieve this goal, Dark Helmet must capture the princess (Daphne Zuniga) to reason with her father. So, it’s up to the heroic Lone Star (Bill Pullman) and his faithful companion Barf (John Candy) to stop Helmet once and for all. Everybody got that?

“Spaceballs” is a good movie that excels greatly in its humor. Almost every sci-fi film is parodied here. From “Planet of the Apes” to “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The writers even include jokes from other films like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. There’s even a moment where Mel Brooks even spoofs himself. All together, the writing is clever and perfectly goes well with the fine cast, great music, well-paced direction, and excellent special effects. But all this suffers from one major flaw.

My main problem with the movie is in the case of the dialogue. In the film, quite a number of obscenities are uttered. There’s also a quick moment near the end of the film where Dark Helmet says the “f” word.

Alongside the swearing, it seams like the comedy is somewhat being forced onto the audience. For example, at the beginning of the movie, Dark Helmet wants to see planet Druidia, but he comes across a Mr. Coffee machine. Just a few seconds later, he goes to the main radar ironically called Mr. Radar.

In conclusion, the screenplay is more suited for adults and older teens. I mean, this is rated PG right?

Overall, “Spaceballs” is a nice comedy parodying the science fiction genre very well, but it needed to tone down its material to aim towards its targeted audience. Mel Brooks got what he accomplished and he succeeded proficiently. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys comedy. And may da Schwartz be wit you!!!