The Last Starfighter
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Trailer-park teenager Lance Guest regularly escapes from his humdrum existence by playing the video game Starfighter. His expertise at this recreational endeavor attracts the attention of affable stranger Robert Preston. Before he knows what's happening, Guest is whisked by Preston into the outer reaches of the galaxy! It turns out that the Starfighter game is being played in deadly earnest in outer space, and that Guest is expected to join Preston's Star League, then do battle with the wicked Kodan forces. Guest's principal ally is the lizardlike Grig (Dan O'Herlihy--and we… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Great fun, with some truly comical moments; a must for pulp-heads and video-junkies."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of the few successful Spielberg clones, administering the usual routine of aliens and mouth-agape wonder with friendly determination and a perfect, just perfect, game boy screenwriting hook."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"the rousing kind of kid flick that inspires ten-year-old boys to grab broomsticks, storm the neighborhood hill, and go nuts on pretend aliens with ridiculous faux karate moves."
‑ Keith Breese,
"If you're going to shamelessly rip off Star Wars, make sure you do it with as much spirit as this film."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"It's not an award-winner or cult classic, but The Last Starfighter is certainly one of the coolest "cable flicks" you're likely to come across."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"It embraces its derivativeness and runs with it to deliver a fun kids space opera that's simple, but exciting."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The simplistic plot and simple story work thanks to the energy and light touch of director Nick Castle."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Definite "Star Wars" influenced, this trailer park adventure takes off, succeeds on own."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A cult classic long overdue its proper respect!"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Thankfully this Star Wars rip-off doesn't take itself seriously."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"full of 80s cheese, but for someone like me who grew up with this kind of stuff, it was the perfect escape"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Charmingly hokey...takes the suburban-working-class-folks-meet-space-aliens paradigm of early Spielberg and marries it to Lucas' Star Wars. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Overlooked sci-fi tale. Great fun."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"A children's movie. Good visuals...plot no so good."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
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