7 Funny Alien Comedy Movies

    March 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

    paul movie alien funny comedy posterEver since people got over being terrified about alien invasions, Hollywood has been churning out alien comedy movies. The latest submission to the alien comedy sub-genre is Paul, a film about (you guessed it) a hilarious alien who comes to Earth to hang out with two goofy British comic book geeks and avoid pesky secret agents. The history of funny alien movies in Hollywood is a long and sordid one, filled with blockbuster mega-hits and box office blunders alike. Here are the 7 best alien comedy movies:

    Men In Black

    men in black rectangle headerFor the sake of brevity, this includes the first two Men In Black movies and probably the upcoming third movie, assuming that it doesn’t stray to far from its predecessors. It’s hard to come up short with a star-studded cast including Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and the series doesn’t just offer one hilarious alien. Men in Black and Men in Black 2 are both teeming with more awesome alien side characters than you can shoot a Cricket gun at, and both films feature a good blend of comedy and action to keep kids happy and parents from falling asleep.

    Mars Attacks!

    mars attacks rectangle headerMars Attacks! is one the most bizarre takes on the funny alien genre that Hollywood has ever seen. That’s not surprising, considering that it’s came from the brilliant-but-clearly-demented mind of director Tim Burton. Mars Attacks! is Burton’s half-satire/half-homage to classic 50’s sci-fi movies, and in that regard the film completely fulfills expectations. Throw in countless special effects gags, some topical social humor, a teenage Natalie Portman, and a hodgepodge of other random cameo appearances from huge name actors (Jack Nicholson plays two different roles) and you’ve got yourself a legendary alien comedy.

    Galaxy Quest

    galaxy quest still frame headerTwo sentences were used to sell this movie: 1) “What if  the cast of Star Trek got abducted by real aliens who had seen their space show and thought they were actual galactic peacekeepers?!” and 2) “Tim the Tool Man Taylor…in space!” It’s hard to tell exactly which sentence sold the film, but Dreamworks liked it so much that they organized an amazing collection of co-stars like Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, and Tony Shalhoub to back the Tool Man up. Filled with fantastic characters, great costumes, killer special effects (that rock monster was awesome) and  the solid “bumbling space hero” concept, Galaxy Quest instantly satisfied the cravings of funny alien-loving Home Improvement fanatics everywhere.

    My Stepmother Is An Alien

    My Stepmother is an Alien headerIt was 1988. Dan Akroyd was at the height of his popularity, and Kim Basinger was one of the hottest babes Hollywood had to offer. They had to share the screen at some point. Obviously, the best option for pairing this epic duo was a tame family comedy about an alien who comes to Earth disguised as a conspicuously hot bombshell to strike up a relationship with a nerdy scientist (played by Dan Akroyd). We all know that this kind of thing happens every day in the real world, but for some reason everyone else in the movie gets suspicious about it, and hilarity eventually ensues.  Jon Lovitz, Alyson Hannigan, and Seth Green round out the supporting cast, and in the end a story has been told, which is about all we can ask from any movie that Jon Lovitz is in.


    spaceballs still barf rectangle headerIf you like Mel Brooks, you love Spaceballs. If you think Mel Brooks is a little old school and hacky (even for the time that he was making his films), then you still like parts of Spaceballs. Either way, this epic Star Wars satire has a little something for everyone. Bill Pullman plays the Han Solo-inspired Lone Star who, along with his trusty sidekick Barf (John Candy), voyages through punny versions of some Star Wars scenes, visits punny equivalents to most of the notable Star Wars characters (complete with pun-laden names), and battles Dark Helmet (played by Rick Moranis), an Darth Vader-inspired character with a comically oversized helmet who is easily the funniest character in this space epic comedy classic. And only 10 years after it’s source material was introduced!

    Earth Girls are Easy

    earth girls are easy still header jim carreyThe IMDB plot summary for Earth Girls Are Easy pretty much says it all: “a spaceship with three furry aliens lands in a California girl’s swimming pool, so she makes friends with them.” Yep, that’s pretty much it. What the summary doesn’t mention is just how star studded this ridiculous 80’s comedy was. For starters, the “California girl” is played by Geena Davis, and the “three furry aliens” happen to be three of the most reputable names in film today: Jim carrey, Damon Wayans, and Jeff Goldblum, who turn out to be socially awkward super-hunks after their muppet fur gets shaved off. Oh, and did I mention that these three aliens are extremely horny, so they spend the entire film trying to get up in some Earth girl guts? I know what you’re thinking right now, so I’ll go ahead and answer your question: Yes, this movie actually got made.

    Mom and Dad Save the World

    mom and dad save the worldThe plot of Mom and Dad Save the World (yes, there’s a plot!) revolves around an evil alien emperor, played by Jon Lovitz (is he in every alien comedy movie?), who stalks and then kidnaps an Earth woman named Marge, who is married with two children. Jon Lovitz is planning on blowing up Earth, but Marge’s husband Dick isn’t having any of it. He travels to Jon Lovitz’s planet to save his wife, but first he has to fight through Lovitz’s army of whimsical and imaginative alien soldiers. Luckily, there’s a catch: everybody on this planet is stupider than a brain damaged hermit crab. In the end, Dick wins his wife back, gains some much-needed libido, and literally saves the world.

    If you’re looking for a great alien comedy to see this weekend, head to your local theater and check out Paul. If you’d like to see a funny alien movie for less than $78, try one of these legendary films.

    1. iamfwomwome says:

      thank you very much for these recommendations. I’ve only seen the top three and MA and GQ are among my top five

      I love these types of films

      Alien Trespass was good, too

      I also liked True Lies are there any other movies like that? Next list?

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