When it comes to comedy, I’m not really a big fan, I’m more of a classic horror kind of guy. But, I do have a soft spot for Airplane! Ever since I was a kid I adored that movie; there’s just something about it that makes it so special for some reason. I’ve watched the movie 31 times (yep, I actually bothered counting).
Released on June 2, 1980; Airplane! was a movie that parodied disaster movies. It received worldwide acclaim from critics and was a box office hit. The story is of a man named Ted Striker (Robert Hays), a traumatized war veteran who developed a fear of flying, in pursuit of his girlfriend (Julie Hagerty) back in the wartime days. So he boards a plane to Chicago hoping to win her back, but when a fishy problem sets in, it ultimately becomes Ted’s responsibility to land the plane safely and save the lives of the passengers on board.
Airplane! is a fine example of a movie that never gets old; it has aged like fine wine. To me, it always seemed like I was watching it for the first time every time I popped the sucker into the DVD. Airplane is PURE comedy, like seriously, I don’t think I noticed a hint of seriousness throughout the whole movie, it is a rare species of comedy. Many comedies (well, parodies to be more accurate) nowadays don’t deliver the same quality as Airplane! did (there are some exceptions of course), I mean seriously, you can’t even compare Airplane! to Haunted House for example. Oh my god, I can’t believe I put these two movies together in the same sentence. Moreover, comedies nowadays are mainly focused to older audiences (you wouldn’t let your kid watch Scary Movie would you?), and mainly focus on the use of sexual and violent themes, whereas Airplane! can be watched by any audience (it has a rating of PG).
This movie can make anyone, and I mean anyone, laugh. Whether you had a bad day at work or your puppy just died, you will undoubtedly laugh at the mere stupidity of this movie. The retardedness (is that even a word?) level in this movie is high, but it didn’t go full retard, never go full retard (Tropic Thunder reference?). Not to mention the movie is saturated with enough puns, jokes, gags and gags to make anyone stab themselves from laughter! BUT, there is a love story fitted somewhere in there, although I thought that the comedy overshadowed my focus on the actual love story, which was a good thing for me cause I’m here to laugh, not to focus on some cliche love story. Also, the amount of random scenes in Airplane! is just ridiculous.
I got two words for you, Leslie Nielsen!! This man never fails to impress me, his presence in a movie adds a breath of fresh air. No matter how shitty a movie is, he is the man that would reduce the pain of watching a shitty comedy flick. I can’t help but laugh every time I see him in any movie, he is such a wonderful actor and he does deserve a lot of respect. He’s the kind of guy that makes even the cheesiest, most horrendous joke funny; and for that, he is one of my favorite actors of all time.
Airplane! is a superb movie. It honestly is, as AFI said, “One of the Top Ten funniest movies ever made”. I highly recommend it and I promise that it won’t let you down.
Take a Drink: for the Saturday Night Fever dance scene
Take a Drink: for every time you though there was a serious tone, but then that got ruined by a joke.
Take a Drink: every time Leslie Nielsen says ” I just want to tell you both good luck, we’re all counting on you.”
Take a Drink: for Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s cameo
Do a Shot: whenever Captain Oveur says something extremely random to Joey( the little kid)
Take a Drink: for Leslie Nielsen