Airheads (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Airheads (1994)



Critic Consensus: There's a biting satire that keeps threatening to burst out of the well-cast Airheads, but unfortunately, the end result lives down to its title in the most unfortunate ways.

Movie Info

Sick and tired of being ignored by record industry executives, three none-too-bright heavy metal musicians take a local radio station hostage to demand airplay. This broad comedy lampoons both the music world and police hostage dramas as it depicts the musicians' quest for freedom and a record deal.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rich Wilkes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001


Joe Mantegna
as Ian the Shark
Judd Nelson
as Jimmie Wing
Ernie Hudson
as Sergeant O'Malley
Marshall Bell
as Carl Mace
Kurt Loder
as Himself
Harold Ramis
as Chris Moore
Lemmy Kilmister
as School Newspaper Roc...
Lexie D. Bigham
as Security Guard
Lydell M. Cheshier
as Security Guard No. 2
Sam Whipple
as Personal Manager
Dana M. Jackson
as Receptionist
Tiiu Leek
as News Woman
Kurek Ashley
as Psycho Rockers
Pablo Alvear
as Psycho Rockers
China Kantner
as Female Rocker
Rebecca Donner
as Female Rocker
Vinnie DeRamus
as D & D Rocker
Rich Wilkes
as Corduroy Rocker
Alan Doss
as Singer
as School Newspaper Roc...
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News & Interviews for Airheads

Critic Reviews for Airheads

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

The anarchic saga could have used more bite or the hint of a threat just to keep things interesting.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
Top Critic

About airheads, and for them, too.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There should have been enough material here for six sitcoms. Instead, there's not even enough for one movie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Fraser and Buscemi are deadpan delights. And Sandler, Opera Man on SNL, is a red-hot screen find.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A spoof of heavy-metal culture that at the same time respects the vitality and pent-up passion behind it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Observing how fertile the field of heavy metal music is for satire, it's disappointing to watch Airheads bumble around, desperately trying to find something funny to say.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Airheads


The amps are on but nobody's home.

Saw it again! Great Comedy! This is a great movie that simply doesn't get alot of credit. This movie has an original plot line with good humour and good acting. Keep in mind that this movie comes very early on in the careers of all three title characters. Personally I find the calibre of acting that Fraser and Sandler have in this movie better than some that came afterwards. I highly recommend this movie is you want to watch a good movie, not something you will have to work up to sitting thru.

Three would be rockers Chazz, Rex and Pip, known as The Lone Rangers plan to play their demo on a recording company, but then they're turned down rudely. Then they decide to try the famous rock n' roll radio station, but are not accepted either. Then they decide arm themselves with squirt guns and take the station hostage for not playing their demo. But the three get more than what they have bargained for.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Airheads is a fun and entertaining comedy that could have been much better, but for what it is, it is a film that is quite decent to average, but you can clearly see that it does fall short of its potential. The cast are quite funny in their roles, and this was one of the few films where Adam Sandler was enjoyable and fun to watch along with others such as Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy. Brendan Fraser is interesting as well, but the one who steals the show is Steve Buscemi and Chris Farley. Airheads does have good moments and rewatching it years later, I enjoyed it more so. For rock and metal fans, you're sure to enjoy the cameos by Motorhead vocalist Lemmy Kilmester and a short performance by White Zombie. If the script would have been reworked slightly, this would certainly have been a great comedy, as it is, it's a decent film with good on-screen gags. I did enjoy the film, but like I previously stated, felt that the film could have been reworked to make the jokes stands out more. Airheads is worth seeing if you want a fun and entertaining comedy, but it's not a stand out picture either. Go into this one expecting some laughs with decent performances and you won't be disappointed. Airheads is fun for what it is, but the idea for the film is interesting and the humor is silly and good, mindless entertainment. This is worth checking out if you want to watch one of the better Sandler films. With that said, I don't think he was the standout actor here, but he was pretty good in his role as one of the dimwits taking the radio station hostage. Airheads is decent, but you have to wonder how good this film could have been.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Probably the first rock band type comedy I saw after 'Spinal Tap' and there hasn't been too many since accept for 'School of Rock' and 'The Rocker' of the top of my head. This, now old, comedy was a small release in the UK I believe and didn't really do that much (a typical Fraser release) and you can see why sort of, its not a terrible comedy but its not that great either, its steady stuff.
There are some good laughs dotted around and one or two nice visual goofs but nothing really really amazingly funny. The main trio attract with Buscemi, Fraser and Sandler...when he was making more risky comedies, the support are good too although Mantegna is slightly miscast.

Its amusing and its a good flick to watch with friends on a weekend, Fraser gets a little whiny towards the end and when I think about it the plot is a little like 'The Blues Brothers' with the same kind of ending. Not a classic but just above average.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Airheads Quotes

Ian the Shark: You can't pluralize "The Long Ranger".
Chazz Darby: Why not?
Ian the Shark: There's three of you. You're not exactly lone.
– Submitted by Ann A (3 years ago)
Wilson: [seeing the crowd running towards the stage with him in the way] HOLY SHIT! BACK IT UP! BACK IT UP!
– Submitted by David E (3 years ago)
Rex: [to Pip] Get in the van, dingus.
– Submitted by David E (3 years ago)

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