Reviewed bymjw2305Vote: 9/10/10
Still one of funniest spoof movies ever made, Airplane is one of thefirst and one of the best around.
Hot Shots, Loaded Weapon even Naked Gun have tried to follow in itsfootsteps, but they have failed to hit the mark. That's not to say thatthey are bad movies, just that its difficult to follow a movie of thiscalibre.
Spoof movies definitely have there place in everyone's collection, butthis is probably the best you'll ever see in the genre, if you havenever seen it and you fancy a laugh, I can't recommend a better film,even though it has dated; it's still hilarious 9/10
Reviewed bymattymatt4everVote: 9/10/10
This is voted as one of the funniest comedies of all time, and it deservesthat honor! The film is filled with hilarious gags! Sure, in every one ofthese campy farces, there's usually a few gags that are way too silly. Inthis case, it was the "drinking problem" gag and that annoying gay man whoworks on Lloyd Bridges' staff. But when I can actually count on my hand howmany gags didn't work, that's a good sign. The majority of the film sent meinto a frenzy of laughter! One of my favorites is when the blow-upauto-pilot runs out of air and Julie Hagerty blows it back up again. You'llhave to see the movie to find out why it was so hilarious! I also got agreat kick out of the running gag in which every passenger who listens toRobert Hays ends up killing themselves. This is definitely the Zuckers andAbrahams in top form! Unfortunately, I haven't seen a great spoof in years. The "Scary Movie" films were pretty good, but incredibly lewd and crude. And obviously the Zuckers and Abrahams have much better eyes for satire thanthe Wayans brothers. I caught "Scary Movie" on cable and watched it asecond time, and I didn't laugh nearly as many times as I did the firsttime. I can watch "Airplane" 200 times and still laugh like there's notomorrow! The film was made back when comedies didn't go strictly for sexand toilet gags to make an audience laugh. This was back when writers usedto employ this quality called "wit." "Kentucky Fried Movie" had some racygags, but even those were witty for the most part. There is a certainrhythm in every gag that helps make the film work. For example, LloydBridges starts out by saying "I think I picked the wrong day to quitsmoking." Then he says he picked the wrong day to quit drinking. And whenhe finally says "I picked the wrong day to quit amphetamines," I waslaughing my head off! So basically, you watch a film like this and feel theurge to mail a copy of the video to the Wayans Brothers and whatevercrackheads wrote "Not Another Teen Movie," along with a note saying "THIS ishow to make a spoof!"
There are so many other gags worth mentioning, including the "Saturday NightFever" sendup, which is definitely one of the best comic moments caught onfilm! That scene also contains my favorite line: "I told the guy next tome to pinch me to make sure I wasn't dreaming." After that voice-over, wesee the guy next to Robert Hays repulsed and walking away from him. Anothergreat example of perfect comic timing and delivery!
If you want to get some authentic belly laughs--I'm not talking chuckles,but actual LAUGHS!--you must check out "Airplane." Trust me, movies don'tget much more original or funny than this!
My score: 9 (out of 10)
Reviewed byRyanVote: 8/10/10
In a tense moment where Ted Striker (Robert Hays) needs to land anairplane where the pilots (Peter Graves and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) havefallen sick, and several passengers need to get off the airplane forvarious reasons, all Striker can think to himself (with an echo in hismind, of course) is "I've got to concentrate... concentrate...concentrate... I've got to concentrate... concentrate... concentrate...Hello?... hello... hello... Echo... echo... echo... Pinch hitting forPedro Borbon... Manny Mota... Mota... Mota..." That pretty much sums upthe seriousness of Airplane!, the lampoon of the 1970s Airport movies,and pretty much every other disaster movie pumped out by Hollywood. Thesame guys who pieced together the Naked Gun movies write and directthis silly movie. Most of the jokes need to be seen to be properlyexperienced, the first rate actors are what brings the laughs. RobertStack plays it straight, over-the-top straight, as a problem solver forthe airline who happens to wear 2 pairs of sunglasses at all times.Stack's comedic timing and deadpan delivery bring out some of thebiggest laughs of the film. Lloyd Bridges is the over-worked,over-stressed traffic controller who has picked the wrong week to stopdrinking, smoking, and sniffing glue. And Leslie Neilson plays a doctorwho has an acute sense for the obvious, surely one who could save thepassengers and airline crew if they land safely, just don't call himShirley. A few cheap laughs, a few misses, but over all, a pretty funnymovie. If you like The Naked Gun, you'll like Airplane!
Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted.