Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nominations for a Highlight Reel™ category: best science fiction comedy film

Here's an idea for a new Highlight Reel™ poll. What's the best science fiction comedy film of all time? Here are three films I would put on the list.

Groundhog Day
Galaxy Quest

Technically, there are some movies like Tremors that are science fiction movies with laughs, but I'm not certain if I would call it a comedy, maybe because the stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward aren't considered comedy stars. Given how short the list is right now, I am leaning towards including it. There are also some movies that I never saw that would fit the category, like Click and Multiplicity, but unless somebody writes in to say they are worth putting on the list, I'll probably leave them off. I'm thinking that comedy horror films like Sean of the Dead deserve their own category, which I'll put together for early May.

Please put your nominations in the comments and I will put together a list for voting in the next few days.



Distributorcap said...

groundhog day (tho i am not sure i would call it science fiction)
back to the future
young frankensteinpol

Matty Boy said...

Good choices. I think of Young Frankenstein as being more comedy horror, but I think we could put Mel Brooks' Spaceballs on the comedy sci-fi list for sure.

Groundhog Day may fit better in comedy fantasy, but I've read several SF writers who think of it as being part of their genre. Go figure.

Lockwood said...

Spaceballs was the one that immediately came to my mind. Not my favorite, but certainly high on many of my friends' lists. I'll see if I can think of others.

Abu Scooter said...

What about Wall-E? It's certainly lighthearted enough to fit.

The tv and movie adaptations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are decent candidates. (I do much prefer the BBC version, though.)

Tremors could work, but it would fit even better in next month's horror list.

Matty Boy said...

Wall-E is a very good choice. I didn't love Hitchhiker's, but it does fit the category. The one movie that I have "on the bubble" right now is Idiocracy. If a movie isn't at least that good in my book, it's not making the list. There are some movies I don't like as much as Idiocracy that will be included because the are better known.

Thanks again.

Larry SFBay Area said...

To add to all the good choices so far - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai - sf/action/comedy, but with sufficient comedy to qualify, I think.

Tara Mobley said...

Agreeing on adding Spaceballs, Hitchhiker's and Buckaroo Banzai. All three are Sci-Fi/Comedy.

Karlacita! said...

I wish we could include TV, because then Red Dwarf!!!!

Matty Boy said...

TV has a lot of options, from My Living Doll and My Favorite Martian way back in the day, to Red Dwarf and My Hero from the Brits.