Continuing our series of writers sticking up for loathed films is a defense of the 90s SNL skit turned critically lambasted comedy In the summer of 1993, the Coneheads movie arrived with high expectations. Its producers had good reason to believe it could ride the coat-tails of one of the top grossing movies of the previous year, Wayne’s World, which pulled in over $180m worldwide. After all, both films translated beloved characters from the classic TV show Saturday Night Live to the widescreen world of Hollywood. More, SNL had enjoyed parallel success with its first attempt to move its franchise from small screen to big – The Blues Brothers. That 1980 film became one of the top-grossing hits of the year, going on to be recognized by the Library of Congress as a “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” work.
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