The American sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live has spawned some blockbuster movies – The Blues Brothers (1980) and Wayne’s World (1992), for instance – but this Dan Aykroyd creation sank without trace.
Aykroyd is reunited with old TV colleagues Jane Curtin (best known here for the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun) and Laraine Newman for this dismal comedy about a family of aliens (Aykroyd, Curtin and Michelle Burke) trying to get to grips with life on Earth.
They were meant to conquer Earth, but their spacecraft is shot down and they are stranded in New Jersey.
However, the coneheads fit in surprisingly well with their “bluntskull” neighbours in suburbia, until they are targeted by an unscrupulous Immigration Service official.
Despite cameos from younger generation Saturday Night Live comics, such as The Wedding Singer‘s Adam Sandler and Chris Farley, plus an appearance from Spinal Tap‘s Michael McKean, the characters are long past their sell-by date, and Aykroyd and co sadly fail to recapture past glories.
Lisa Jane Persky