Posted on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 by Ethan Anderton
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Coneheads
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: The alien family that originated on Saturday Night Live gets a full fledged feature film. Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin reprise their roles as the parental units of an alien family with cone-shaped heads. After their ship crash lands just outside of Manhattan, the two are forced to raise a daughter on Earth while waiting many years for a rescue vessel and acclimating to a human lifestyle as best they can.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Movies based on Saturday Night Live movies either knock it out of the park or strike out hard. Coneheads is one of the best examples of how to take a comedy sketch and adapt it to a feature film. Though this is a movie where following alien couple trying to live life as humans on the surface, Coneheads is also a movie about an immigrant family following the American dream, and there’s even the government that’s trying everything in its power to upend that dream, drawing unfortunately still relevant parallels to today’s culture. And it’s also still incredible funny and packs an ensemble of some of the best comedians from Saturday Night Live and beyond. Read More »