Star Wars" (1977). So how about flipping all that upside down with the essential sci-fi spoof "Spaceballs" (1987)?
"Spaceballs," Mel Brooks' destruction of the space genre, isn't his best (hello, "Young Frankenstein" (1974) and the original "The Producers" (1968)), but it's the film I always think of first whenever anyone mentions Brooks' name. This was the first Brooks film I ever saw, and as a kid, I thought it was hilarious. Spoofing what I love? Genius! And although I've grown out of some of the jokes as I've gotten older, it's still a hoot and a half to watch.
There are so many hilarious jokes in this film, it's hard to go through them all. My favorites are the Leia-like hair-bun earphones Princess Vespa is listening to (I have wanted a pair since I first saw them!) and John Hurt's cameo just so another creature can pop out of his stomach...and then go dancing across the counter. To this day, I can watch this sequence and laugh, yet the anticipation of seeing the more gory original version in "Alien" (1979) has caused me never to be able to watch the latter. Very odd, I know. Brooks said the two jokes he is most proud of from the film are Spaceballs: The Merchandise and the villains being able to rent the VHS of "Spaceballs" while they are still filming it.
No Spaceballs merchandise was ever released though because of a fair-use agreement between Brooks and George Lucas. (The coloring book and lunch box are actually "Transformers" items with the Spaceballs logo slapped on it.) Yes, you read that correctly. Lucas did know about "Spaceballs" before it even began pre-production. After finishing the script, Brooks sent it to Lucas for permission. He was nervous that he might be offended, but Lucas had no problems, for he was a fan of "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein".
So, I recommend getting your laugh on this weekend with "Spaceballs." It's a blast to watch, especially if you've just watched "Star Wars." Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
(Post-tidbit: Thanks to knowing this movie probably too well, I managed to sweep the first round when I was on "Trivial Pursuit" the game show one time...Of course I lost the second round, but that's beside the point. It's the only time I will ever thank Joan Rivers (aka Dot Matrix).)