Flight of the Navigator (1986)

flight of the navigatorFlight of the Navigator (1986)

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Starring: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright


Another 80’s kids movie that’s supposed to be meaningful and well-known to my generation that I never saw as a kid and therefore have no nostalgia associated with. Turns out that most kids movies, without that filter of nostalgia, are pretty shitty. Like this movie.

A kid disappears in the 70’s and re-emerges fifteen years later, the same age. He doesn’t know what happens, and the government tries to figure it out. It turns out that he was abducted by a spaceship, which comes back to get him because it needs a navigator. They fly around for a while and generally make themselves a nuisance.

Paul Reubens does the voice of the spaceship computer, which explains why it sounds exactly like Pee-Wee Herman. Still, the most annoying character manages to be the kid, who can neither act nor contain his high-pitched wail of a voice for even a single goddamn minute. The only thing that gives this movie a second star for me are the special effects, which are practical and look pretty good. There’s a little zoo in the spaceship full of alien creatures, and it is by and far the most creative and interesting part of the movie.


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