Spaceballs, in one word, can be described as goofy. It is one of those movies ranking alongside Top Secret! and Airplane!. Spaceballs makes fun of various movies and cultures, but the main identifiable one is Star Wars. However, other references to movies such as Runaway Bride, Star Trek, Alien, Planet of the Apes (1968), and more subtly, Indiana Jones, The Wizard of Oz, as well as various cars, fastfood companies can be seen throughout the movie. It has countless plays on words, tries to sell you its own merchandise during the movie, and is plain funny. It follows a similar plotline to Star Wars, where Princess Vespa is captured by the notorious Spaceballs, who have used up all the air on their planet. The Spaceballs kidnap the princess in an attempt to blackmail her father, the King, into giving the passcode to the air shield protecting the air. The princess is rescued, however, by mercenary Lone Starr, hired by the King for 1 million spacebucks. As they runaway, the Spaceballs relentless follow them in hopes of taking hostage the princess for the sake of air.
Spaceballs is one of the funniest movies I've seen to date, which is a lot of movies. Not only are the parodies are funny, but the original humor in it is also funny. Although I just said that it was humorous with only the original content, it does help to really know Star Wars, and to have seen many other movies, as the humour multiplies twofold. But enough about that, now about the plot and characters. Well, what do you what me to say? The plot was funny and the characters were well acted and hilarious. I fear there are no other words for this movie; even the romance in it was funny. So there you have it, Spaceballs is funny, humorous, hilarious, amusing, comical, slapstick, witty, diverting, or if you prefer the one word version: priceless.
I recommend it to anyone, although general culture is preferred for maximal enjoyment.
Below is one of my favorite scenes from Spaceballs, along with "jamming the radar".