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…
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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?
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…
-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.
a laugh riot!
One of the greatest spoof movies ever made!
Feels dated at times, but I still really enjoy it.
"Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"
God I love this film
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I think the first word that came to mind was funny. This gave birth to parody movies and was excellent. I've seen many parody movies and this was probably the best. Great ensemble cast and great quotes. Could re-watch over and over again.
"There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?" - Elaine Dickinson
Side splitting classic.
10/10 would laugh again
This classic comedy created an era of funny moments for other movies, even if that era was somewhat bland.
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It’s tough to gauge spoof films, even more so than comedies. A person’s enjoyment relies so heavily on whether the jokes work for them specifically. And while, unlike with a regular comedy, there are jokes set up throughout, in a spoof it’s one after another. Airplane! is the most recognizable of the spoof films, and maybe the best one.
When a bad fish dinner causes a group of pilots to get sick, only one man can save the day by landing the plane safely.
There’s a lot of great things at work in Airplane!, and it helps that the film is condensed in a runtime which allows for nonstop jokes to fly. There never really feels…
Yeah, I watched this last week too.
You could watch this movie every day for a year and it would never stop being hilarious.