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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Sep 2022 1:52 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Rate Spaceballs as a comedy, on a scale of 1 (lousy) to 10 (incredible).

Average result: 5.956

Hey You22 Sep 2022 5:42 a.m. PST

I didn't see the polls, but I guess Mel Brooks doesn't ring true to today's media. I originally saw Space Balls in the theater, with my brother because no one else wanted to go, and we couldn't stop laughing. I thought we were going to get tossed out of the theater. I watched it last year and it was okay. I guess I have changed.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 6:14 a.m. PST

How old were you when you first watched it, Hey You? Early teens, maybe? After his first few movies, Brooks' target audience feels very young.

Hey You22 Sep 2022 6:59 a.m. PST

I must have been around 30 in 87 when it came out Robert. My humour was still slapstick I guess. But my wife didn't want to go and our friends didn't get Mel Brooks. I almost choked on my popcorn during this scene. My brother laughed even harder when he saw me coughing up popcorn.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 10:43 a.m. PST

I am sure if you did a poll on airlock pass codes the average would be 1234.

Rich Bliss22 Sep 2022 11:29 a.m. PST

Sounds about right. Although if you took out Joan River shrill voice and shrieking, you could bring that score up a point or two.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 1:51 p.m. PST

As one who watched the Three Stooges in elementary school days, I must protest calling mid to late Mel Brooks "slapstick." The Stooges were slapstick. Brooks became the 8 to 10 year old kid who just discovered dirty words and bathroom humor.

But it's what he became, not where he started from. I look at my copies of The Producers and The Twelve Chairs and I wonder what went wrong. Is this something he did to himself, or did the Great American Public get what it insisted on and deserved?

(I'll concede the scene you linked to, though. Nice scene and I remember it.)

JMcCarroll22 Sep 2022 4:29 p.m. PST

May the swartz be with you!

Kevin S ABQ22 Sep 2022 4:56 p.m. PST

Space Balls was OK, but nowhere near the level of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE PRODUCERS OR BLAZING SADDLES! At least IMHO!

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 5:47 p.m. PST

I still love it and watch it when it comes on.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 8:54 p.m. PST

Don't forget "The Critic"!

YouTube link

(Yes, it's the whole thing. No, it's not 2 hours. It's not even one hour. It's barely over three minutes… but it's great.)

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2022 5:53 a.m. PST

I love Mel Brooks but found Spaceballs to be extremely underwhelming. It was too schlocky for me. I believe I was in my late teens when it came out.

Much prefer History of the World Part One, Young Frankenstein and even To Be or Not To Be.

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