Comedic sci-fi features are pretty rare, but those have been my most favorite kind, which include Mom and Dad Save the World. At the edge of the galaxy, there’s a small planet called Spengo, where all of the inhabitants are highly unintelligent and under the rule of ruthless Emperor Todd Spengo (Jon Lovitz). His goal is to fire a death ray in order to destroy the planet Earth. Oddly, its most vulnerable spot is Woodland Hills, California. I don’t why that is.
As Todd observes Woodland Hills from his fortress, he finds an Earth woman named Marge Nelson (Teri Garr) and falls in love with her. Marge is a hard core vacationer, but her husband Dick (Jeffery Jones) struggles to keep up with her, mainly because of his constant back, neck, and stomach problems.
While driving toward yet another destination, Todd uses a magnetic beam to bring Marge and Dick to Spengo. Even in outer space, Marge can’t resist taking pictures everywhere she goes, just like a tourist.
As Todd makes his moves on Marge, Dick is thrown in the dungeon. There he meets Raff (Eric Idle), who used to be the king of Spengo. All Dick has to do is escape and get word to Raff’s son Sirk (Dwier Brown) in order to fight Todd and save both Earth and Spengo. Despite Dick’s ailments, his love for Marge is what gives him the extra boost he needs to get to her. I guess love does conquer all.
Spengo has quite a few different types of creatures like bulldog men, fish women, and wild mushrooms that appear cute, but are psychotically hungry. Now there’s a more accurate relation to the Goombas from the Super Mario Bros. video games.
Soon Dick finds Sirk and his lovely sister Semage (Kathy Ireland), leading a tribe called the White Birds. It doesn’t take much for Dick to win them over. However, the tribe isn’t too bright either. Dick is their only hope to lead them to victory.
One of the funniest weapons featured is the light grenade. You just pull the pin, set it down, and anyone who picks it up disappears because it reads “Pick me up”. It sounds stupid, but it’s very affective. That makes how many soldiers vanished?
It all comes down to an exciting battle inside the fortress, along with a hilarious fight between Dick and Todd in an effort to save Marge and the Earth.
This was a good sci-fi comedy. Dick really grew as a person during his adventure on Spengo, which made him an unlikely hero.