What's slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound?
Airplane is an American comedy that parodies the airplane catastrophe films from the 70’s. The film was a huge commercial success and is one of the most important films in American cinema history.
This picture is pretty damn hilarious in my opinion.
(What really interests me, though, is the way that parody turns into non sequitur over time, as the source of the parody gets forgotten. Arguably, there are jokes that are even funnier today than they were in 1980, because now they seem completely random. Best example is the recurring bit in which a female passenger's thoughts about her husband are heard in voiceover, which I'm old enough to remember is spoofing a then-recent Yuban ad, but which probably plays better to younger viewers who'll have no idea why it's happening. This is a phenomenon I've experienced from the other side watching SCTV—some of my favorite sketches, like Crazy Hy's, are…
You are so funny.
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Kisses on all your pink parts,
Essential comedy viewing. Airplane! stands tall as one of the funniest classic comedies to date. Yes - it’s politically incorrect in parts but this 80’s comedy has hundreds of reasons to be forgiven. Leslie Nielsen’s ability to dead pan jokes was phenomenal. This disaster spoof is one of the best comedy greats and surely will remain up there with the best for many years to come… and don’t call me Shirley.
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It's a parody which completely destroyed that genre. It's completely insane. It crosses the line more times than Del. In short, this is one of the funniest films ever made. But of course you already know this because you've all seen it, right? Right?
-Surely this is the best comedy of all time?
-It is and don't call me Shirley.
What can I write about this movie that hasn't been written before? Not a lot I guess. I will just say that sitting this watching it with my girlfriend who had never seen it was a joy.
The HD transfer looked good (even though it exposes some of the wire work that goes on throughout the movie) and it still has the power to make me laugh 30 years on.
There are so many gags, most of them hit the target spot on. The performances are brilliantly deadpan, with Leslie Neilson on top form (in his first comedic role).
A top class comedy, one of the best.
It may surprise you to know that Airplane! isn’t just a spoof of the disaster movie genre. No, it is in fact a rather direct and scathing spoof of the 1957 disaster movie Zero Hour in which, wouldn’t you know it, a batch of dodgy fish makes the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner violently ill and it is left to an ex-war pilot by the name of Ted Stryker to ensure that the plane is brought down to safety. Now, Zero Hour is a film that not many people will have seen. Therefore, you might expect that Airplane! would go over the heads of most people as it quite literally lifts whole chunks of speech from Zero…
Classic comedy film that everyone needs to see.
Airplane! is surely the best spoof film ever made. It's overall hilarious, except for a few moments when it just gets too ridiculous.
Today's spoof films have a lot to learn.
Parody films are known to attempt gag after gag within seconds of each other. Airplane! is one of those few that nails every single joke throughout the entire film. It's a truly hilarious classic that won't ever die.
Despite being a short film, Airplane! is packed full of hilarious jokes, honestly one of the funniest films I have ever seen
It's like a movie full of dad-jokes and I LOVE IT.
Even the fact that a lot of it has been rehashed to death by now didn't stop me from snorting in genuine laughter.
Shirley, this movie is funnier than any scary movie ever......
Shirley, this movie deserves the no 1 spot in the the list where films are judged based on the content of "funniness" and not on the story.
but of course, Shirley, this movie has more story than any shitty humor movie i have ever seen............
Shirley, i must stop writing "Shirley" instead of "surely" or people who have not seen the damn movie would think that I'm mad.....
Two more minutes? They could be miles off course!
That's impossible, they're on instruments.
3.5 out of 5 (B)