RB2 – Spaceballs

Reels, Booze & Bro’s aka RB2 hosts Jay and Brian with Reel Bro Fan Shane and Kev celebrate May the 4th with Spaceballs!  Check out our review of the greatest parody movie of all time.  May the Schwartz be with you.  

May the Schwartz Be With You: A Hilarious Review of Spaceballs

In 1987, Mel Brooks blessed us with a hilarious parody of one of the most successful science fiction franchises in history: Star Wars. That’s right, I’m talking about Spaceballs. This movie has become a cult classic over the years, and for good reason. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny movie that pokes fun at everything from the Jedi Order to the evil Galactic Empire. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the story, the cast, and the humor that make Spaceballs a timeless comedy.

Spaceballs is a spoof of the original Star Wars trilogy, with a few nods to other sci-fi classics like Alien and Planet of the Apes. The story follows the adventures of a group of space travelers led by Lone Starr (played by Bill Pullman) and his sidekick Barf (John Candy). Their mission is to save Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the clutches of the evil Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) and his boss, President Skroob (also played by Mel Brooks). Along the way, they encounter a number of ridiculous obstacles, including giant versions of popular brand products like Pizza the Hutt and a transforming spaceship that becomes a giant maid with a vacuum cleaner.

The movie’s visual effects are simple and not as impressive as modern sci-fi movies, but they serve their purpose in adding to the overall humor of the film. One standout scene is the infamous “Ludicrous Speed” sequence, in which Lone Starr and his crew engage the hyperdrive and go so fast that they accidentally travel back in time to meet none other than… themselves. It’s a hilarious moment that’s accentuated by the goofy special effects and the actors’ over-the-top reactions.

The cast of Spaceballs is a true highlight of the movie. Brooks himself plays two roles, President Skroob and the wise old Yogurt, who teaches Lone Starr the ways of the Schwartz (a parody of the Force from Star Wars). John Candy steals the show as Barf, a half-man, half-dog space pirate with a heart of gold and a serious loyalty to Lone Starr. Moranis is also a standout as Lord Dark Helmet, who’s essentially a Darth Vader parody but with a much shorter temper and a fondness for playing with dolls.

The humor in Spaceballs is its greatest strength. From the opening crawl to the final battle, the movie is packed with clever one-liners, sight gags, and absurd situations. One running joke involves the characters constantly breaking the fourth wall and acknowledging that they’re in a movie. The characters even get a VHS copy of Spaceballs to watch during the movie, and they fast-forward to the scene they’re currently in to get a leg up on their enemies. It’s meta-humor at its finest.

Spaceballs is a timeless comedy that has stood the test of time. Its clever parody of the Star Wars franchise is a loving tribute to the sci-fi classic, while at the same time making us laugh with its ridiculous characters and situations. If you’re a fan of sci-fi or comedy, Spaceballs is a must-see movie that will leave you in stitches.

Booze we had for the podcast

  • Style: Smoothie/Pastry
  • ABV: 5%
  • From: Magnify Brewing Company
  • Style: Stout – Imperial/Double
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • From: Magnify Brewing Company


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