ByCraig Whyel, writer at
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Craig Whyel

Once in a while the harsh realization that time flies by with blistering speed smacks me upside the head.

For example, I just realized that it’s been three decades since the UK cult comedy, Morons from Outer Space was released.

I’m not going to claim that it’s a great film. It’s not.

At best, it has only two things going for it: It is fun and it has laughs.

It is the go-to part of my DVD collection for such times when I specifically want to shut my mind off and decompress by laughing.

Morons from Outer Space starred the late Mel Smith and his longtime comedy partner, Griff Rhys Jones. They were backed by an ensemble supporting cast of an British comedy talent who were almost entirely unknown.

The story is fairly simple. A band of wayward dimwits from the periphery of the galaxy get lost on a trip and crash land on a nearby “large, blue planet.”

The initial fear that they are potentially hostile beings who’ve come to take over is quickly quashed when government scientists determine, after extensive examinations, that the new arrivals are nothing more than…well…the title says it all.

Once they are determined to be safe, the interplanetary arrivals become celebrities, except for Bernard, one a separated member of the group who, oddly enough, is decidedly non-moronic. He wipes up with a stint in a psychiatric hospital then becomes a homeless vagrant.

Should you come across an old media review of the movie, you can be guaranteed that it is unkind. Critics flat out hated it. In their rants, many comparisons were made of Mars Attacks and Plan Nine from Outer Space.

On the other hand, if you come across any fan reviews in online forums, you will find far more love for Morons from Outer Space.

Audiences, in general, seemed to realize that nothing about the movie was meant to be taken seriously.

If I have one complaint about the movie, it’s that the ultra-low budget got in the way at times, especially with a grainy picture and low sound quality.

You can find it on Netflix DVD rental. It's around on the internet and it pops up in bargain DVD bins.

Again, it’s not. If you’re just looking for fun and some laughs, it might be for you.

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