Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale. Written by Sherilyn Connelly.

Title: Galaxy Quest
Date: 1999

Vitals: The washed-up cast of the long-cancelled cult sci-fi teevee series Galaxy Quest are recruited into a space battle by aliens who think the show was the real thing.

Famous names: Director Dean Parisot had previously worked with Steven Wright, and went on to direct episodes of The Tick and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Screenwriter David Howard has no other credits, and is presumed to be in his mother's basement playing World of Warcraft.


Crunchy goodness: 5

Stunt casting: Alan Rickman, who obviously hates the latex thing on his head as much as his character does.

Sights you'll never unsee: Your heart can't help but break for the Galaxy Quest cast as they stand in an empty parking lot for the grand opening of an electronics store.

Design breakthrough: The hallway of chompy crushy things, which Lucas also used in Attack of the Clones, though at least Galaxy Quest had the temerity to acknowledge that there's no reason for them to exist aside from bad writing.


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