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Coneheads (1993)

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44

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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audience

37

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 202,417

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Movie Info

"The Coneheads" were a sketch on the Saturday Night Live television show of the late '70s which were expanded to feature-length proportions with this film. The story concerns Beldar (Dan Aykroyd) and Prymaat (Jane Curtin), who leave the planet Remulak to prepare for an invasion of Planet Earth. But due to a malfunction, they find themselves plunged into the Hudson River and forced to take up residence in Paramus, New Jersey where Beldar gets work as an appliance salesman and makes a deal for a

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Apr 17, 2001

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Can you inflate a gimmick-driven comedy skit into a full-fledged feature film? Up to a point.

May 16, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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A sweet, funny anarchic pastiche that should find broad based popularity.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Coneheads falls flat about as often as it turns funny, and displays more amiability than style.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A respectably funny -- but small -- effort, a reunion party best watched in your living room, while you consume mass quantities of pizza with extra molten lactate extract of hooved mammals.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This is a dismal, dreary and fairly desperate movie, in which the actors try very hard but are unable to overcome an uninspired screenplay.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
Chicago Sun-Times
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I expected stupid humor, silly humor, or bizarre humor, but not no humor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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A one-joke movie, stretched to the limit.

August 3, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Whether on Earth or in space, the jokes are either flat or hopelessly crude.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Its transition to the big screen suggests an idea that was plotted on the back of a beer mat when the creators were too pickled to stand up straight. One wishes they had passed out before they were so inspired.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Feh!

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

What's so funny?

January 4, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

This film went so wrong somewhere, the

April 30, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Better-than-average SNL spin-off, and unfortunately the best thing Aykroyd's done sice Ghostbusters.

February 2, 2003
New Times

It should have remained a skit on SNL

October 25, 2002
Zap2it.com

It's not worth the expenditure of energy, really.

June 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The film itself is like the cinematic equivalent of a clothesline, with a steady stream of skits and gags hung out to dry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A new spin on the original skit with some fresh stars like Sinbad and McKean plus a generous special effects budget fill in the gaps when the movie flags.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A thoroughly updated and nicely fleshed-out comedy that never quite makes you loose a molar laughing, but instead keeps solid little gags flowing throughout.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Coneheads

SNL madness but oh what glorious madness this is with an epic cast of comedy greats and character actors...,Aykroyd, Spade, Farley, Lovitz, Hartman, Sandler, Griffin, Sinbad, Drew Carey, Tom Arnold, Whip Hubley, Posey, DeGeneres and Jane Curtain, quite the list there.

The film itself is virtually B-movie in essence and doesn't hide the fact with crazy over the top acting and cheesy looking effects which at the same time do still kinda hold up today. The sequences where Aykroyd gets his teeth capped and the fight against the 'Rancor' type monster in the finale are fantastic examples of bad/good effects.

The whole film is that classic wacky genius you expect with Aykroyd and his unique thinking along with his amazing ability to reel off large segments of dialog without pause or fault. Other stars have a good time here too, especially Farley who strangely enough is the main love interest in the film and great little cameos from Sandler and Lovitz, nothing that hilarious but its funny.

Its such a silly, basic, childish plot and idea but its been so well directed and lovingly created with that good old fashioned SNL 80's originated comedy that it just can't fail to win.
May 4, 2013
phubbs1

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Granted, an SNL skit lampooning aliens trying to fit in stretched to the limit and beyond, but its still a guilty pleasure with loads of bit parts by a star studded cast. David Spade's suck-up bureaucratic underling nearly steals the show.
August 3, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Coneheads is mildly amusing here and there, unfortunately the script suffers from a good, engaging plot; therefore the film ends up being a mediocre comedy with unsatisfying results. Coneheads has a few laughs here and there, but for the most part, the result is uneven comedy that has many jokes that simply fall flat. Coneheads could have been a good comedy, but because of an awful script, the film doesn't cut it. I think it's a shame because there's a good comedic cast that director Steve Barron has at hand here, but they don't seem to go nowhere. The film is a mess, and a waste of time. I think it's too bad because this film had the potential of being a good, fun comedy. Not even the good cast of comedians can save this film that is sloppily written. Coneheads is a missed opportunity and even though there are some funny cast members here, they are wasted on-screen and can't save this film. Though mildly amusing at times, the jokes found in Coneheads fall flat and are unfunny. This had the potential of being a funny comedy; unfortunately it ends up being a mediocre film with barely any laughs. The cast like I said, is wasted on such poorly written material, it's a great shame. Coneheads could have been a good comedy, but the script had barely any potential for making this film work. Coneheads is a disappointing, mediocre film that could have been far better than this.
November 28, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Weird that I like this movie, but as a kid I had bugged and bugged my parents to take me to see it cause I thought it was cool. I still hear about my nagging over this movie to this day! Coneheads is always gonna be memorable to me.
August 1, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

    1. Beldar Conehead: [furious to be kept waiting over his car repair] What choice do I have? It is as if you have grabbed me by the base of my snarglies!
    – Submitted by Francis L (21 months ago)
    1. The Highmaster: Let it be written... are you writing this?
    – Submitted by Francis L (21 months ago)
    1. The Highmaster: Therefore, you will... NARFTLE THE GARTHOK!
    – Submitted by Francis L (21 months ago)
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