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Spaceballs ★★ ½ 1987 (PG)

A humorous Brooks parody of recent science fiction pictures, mostly notably “Star Wars,” with references to “Alien,” the “Star Trek series,” and “The Planet of the Apes.” Disappointingly tame and tentative, but chuckle-laden enough for Brooks fans. The great man himself appears in two roles, including puny wise man/wise guy Yogurt. 96m/C VHS, DVD . Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, John Candy, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, John Hurt, George Wyner, Joan Rivers, Lorene Yarnell, Sal Viscuso, Stephen Tobolowsky, Dom DeLuise, Michael Winslow; D: Mel Brooks; W: Mel Brooks, Ronny Graham, Thomas Meehan; M: John Morris.