1997 / Director. Stuart Gillard.
There are films that are universally panned by critics and yet become absolute cult essentials to fans. UHF and Freddy Got Fingered are good examples and coincidentally, Harland Williams was in Freddy. In the late 90s Disney decided to take a chance on him and gave him a starring role in their G rated comedy, Rocketman. At the time of it's release it was picking up a heap of bad reviews and if my memory serves me, it was nominated for a Razzie or two... and yet despite all of this Rocketman is HILARIOUS! Easily amongst my top 10 favourite comedies of all time it is an absolute must-see for anyone uninitiated. The movie tells of an annoying and eccentric software programmer who inadvertently finds himself on the crew of a lunar mission. The plot is one gag after another and every joke hits the mark. If you watch it with mates, you will hurt from laughter and will probably recommend it to others. It's disappointing that William's career didn't take off after Rocketman. His on screen presence is clearly unique and there must be so many original and skewed scripts out there... and yet he's been relinquished to crap like Bachelor Party 2 and Spooky Buddies. The man is a comical legend and he needs some cred! If you haven't seen Rocketman then do. It appreciates with time and gets funnier with every viewing!