Airplane! is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, it simply has everything. If you want slapstick, you got it, if you want black humor – you got it, if you want jokes – you got it. They will go anywhere with them: religion, drugs, pedophilia, just about anything that can be made fun was made fun of. But mainly this is a parody of those big movies where we have one character that is haunted by the past and must overcome its fears to save the loved ones (in this case the loved one). The balls to make a movie that breaks almost every mainstream concept had to be huge. The risk payed off, although the studios learned nothing from this, still playing it safe with same old crap that they have been feeding the idiots for decades.

Leslie Nielsen was amazing, and just about any other member of the cast. There are so many jokes, that I will not mention them, just check out the movie and enjoy. I have seen it a few years ago again, and it still made me laugh, every time you discover something new. The heights that were reached with parody movies in the seventies and eighties are hardly achievable, although some of the movies managed to come close: Shaun of the DeadGalaxy Quest, MacGruber…

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

Cast: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Julie Hagerty, Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen

Fun Stuff: The doctor role was Leslie Nielsen’s first comedic part. He later said he was delighted to get the offer, fearing that he was getting too old for anything but “elderly grandfather” parts.


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