Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
The amps are on but nobody's home.
The Lone Rangers have heavy-metal dreams and a single demo tape they can't get anyone to play. The solution: Hijack an AM rock station and hold the deejays hostage until they agree to broadcast the band's tape.
"Airheads" is a big, dumb, plastic comedy. Its cast is made up of big names. Its concept and characters are dumb. Its aesthetic is full of shiny, plastic artifice. For all its big, dumb, plasticness, however, "Airheads" manages to be an entertaining comedy that seems a few authentic emotions away from being great.
Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler lead this '90s-centric comedy from director, Michael Lehmann, that follows the bumbling members of bumbling rock band as they attempt to get a demo-tape played on a radio station. Their ill-planned method of going about this is to take the staff of the station hostage which, of course, leads to suitably comedic results. It is all over-the-top, mindless, and surprisingly…
This is movie is so goddamn good.
Between this, The Stoned Age and Glory Daze, (writer) Rich Wilkes had about as much influence on a middle school/high school me as just about any other film maker or band or writer. He's so good.
This movie's cast is also awesome. Top notch Sandler. Buscemi rules. Even Chris Farley is really funny here. It's filled with so many characters and, even if one doesn't get much screen time, they all get moments to shine and feel genuine.
Stick Rock Of Ages up yer anus.
David Arquette's finest hour.
"Who'd win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?"
"Trick question. Lemmy IS God."
Chazz and his band will do anything to get their big break, including breaking into a radio station to have their demo played live on the air at gun point (or rather toy gun point). Of course things don't quite work out as planned and before they know it they're reluctant hostage takers surrounded by cops and a media circus that quickly turns into one big party. Look at that cast though man, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Joe Mantegna, Chris Farley, Michael McKean, Judd Nelson, Ernie Hudson, Brendan Fraser, David Arquette, Michael Richards, and more (with cameos from everyone from Beavis and Butthead to Lemmy, who…
The best I can say here is, "mostly inoffensive." Which I'm sure is what the writer, director, and cast were going for.
First, it's very much of its time. I mean it absolutely reeks of the 90's. Like a frat boy who slept in his own sick and then woke up, went to the quad, and played ultimate frisbee for, like, a really long time. But that works here.
Second, Michael Richards, at the peak of his Kramer-ness, comes in to do what else? Kramer. But with a mustache and a gun. Fortunately, his role is kept to a minimum and, except for a minor but crucial plot point, could be completely removed from the story.
Third, I like most…
David Arquette's finest hour.
I just can't get this movie to stick.
“Airheads” ist für mich eine Komödie, die ich mir auch mehr als zwanzig Jahre nach ihrem erschienen immer noch anschauen kann. Klar, nicht jeder Witz ist gut gealtert, doch da der Film in erster Linie auf überdrehte Situationskomik und weniger auf popkulturelle Anspielungen setzt, funktioniert der Film auch heute noch. Ja, die infantilen Forderungen der “Airheads” mögen sicher nicht jedermanns Geschmack sein und auch ich muss in der richtigen Stimmung für den Film sein, aber wenn man sich auf eine Komödie einlassen kann, die sich von Beginn an nicht dazu verpflichtet sieht das Niveau hoch anzusiedeln wird mit diesem Film wirklich gut unterhalten. Alleine wie es zur Geiselnahme kommt ist sehr amüsant inszeniert und in einem Hollywood, das immer mehr…
Thumbs Up: Good premise, competent direction, Chris Farley's in it, and I liked the joke about the crazy demands so they could plead insanity later.
Thumbs Down: There's a lot wrong but most egregious is there just aren't that many actual jokes, each scene plods along with plot information and the climax is a total balls-up. Plus I never get the sense that there is any real familiarity or affection for the subject matter - this is to hair metal what Happy Gilmore is to golf.
So this is a movie that you're either going to enjoy or find too stupid to watch. It's not deep or insightful but, it is a hilariously, fun time. The trio of main actors were great and their shenanigans ridiculous.
Airheads is a goofy comedy that sees three unsigned rockers (Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler) take hostage a radio station in order to get their song played. Harmless, but nothing special.
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