Steve Barron directed the videos for Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and A-ha’s “Take On Me” before movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Electric Dreams. He’s in the chair here with Lorne Michaels producing this reimagining of the Remulakian family who has moved to Earth and changed their last names to Conehead.
If you saw the Coneheads animated special in 1983 — trust me, not many can say this — this is pretty much the same story. Beldar and Prymaat Conehead (Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtain), along with their daughter Connie (Michelle Burke, taking over for Laraine Newman), have acclimated to the Earth town known as Paramus, New Jersey. All Connie wants is to fall for Ronnie (Chris Farley), but her father forbids this from happening.
While that drama is unfolding, Michael McKean and David Spade play INS agents convinced that the Coneheads are illegal aliens. That joke is pretty much the extent of the joke. But hey, this movie has a great supporting cast, with Dave Thomas, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, Sinbad, Michael Richards, Eddie Griffin, Adam Sandler, Jason Alexander, Garrett Morris, Drew Carey, Kevin Nealon, Jan Hooks, Julia Sweeney, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Lovitz, Tom Arnold and Tim Meadows all here. Larraine Newman also shows up for a bit as Laarta.