In Honor of ‘The Watch,’ Check Out Our Favorite Alien Comedies

By Ashleigh Schmitz

As “The Watch” hits theaters on Friday, it joins a small but mighty league of alien comedies. In the film, a neighborhood watch team that includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaugh, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, patrol the streets as vigilantes and end up having to save the planet from an alien invasion. Hilarity and dirty jokes ensue, as is par for the course in all alien comedies.

Here’s our rundown of some of the best alien comedies.

Paul” (2011)
The cast list for this road tripping comedy about fanboys who pick up a hitchhiking alien reads like a who’s who of our favorite comedians: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Seth Rogan. For a movie that includes a potty-mouthed alien and a fundamentalist Christian, it’s good for more than a few laughs.

Men In Black” (1997, 2002 and 2012)
While the story varies slightly from movie to movie, the banter between Smith and Jones is the comedic glue and probably the reason a third film was released after ten years.

Spaceballs” (1987)
Everyone remembers the first time they saw Mel Brooks’ “Star Wars” spoof. This classic goes down as one of our all-time favorite alien comedies, action comedies, spoof comedies… you get the picture.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005)
Why should you see this movie? The answer to that and to the Ultimate Answer of Life, the Universe and Everything is, and always will be, 42.

Galaxy Quest” (1999)
For a “Star Trek” parody with Tim Allen and sci-fi it-girl Sigourney Weaver, this spoof holds up. Since its release the comedy has gained a cult following from “Star Trek,” sci-fi and comedy fans alike.

What’s your favorite alien comedy? Let us know in the comment below and on Twitter!