• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Lehmann
    In Theaters:
    Aug 5, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 2, 2001
  • Fox
  • Airheads
    2 minutes 19 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Airheads Reviews

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March 15, 2013
Best rock and roll film I have seen. A film that speaks my language.
Michael F.
January 5, 2013
Pretty funny, great cast, from Fraser and Buscemi, to several SNL alums!
Phil H

Super Reviewer

July 3, 2011
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.
February 6, 2013
There are definitely better ways to spoof the heavy metal culture.
February 3, 2013
Finally got that outta my system.
January 21, 2013
very funny.....Adam is great
January 15, 2013
It's Funny, 'Cause the Square Was in [i]Spinal Tap[/i]

There was a time, many years ago, when Adam Sandler did funny little roles in comedies starring other people, and he improved the movie with his presence. The guy he was playing was usually nice, though almost always out of it, and while he didn't react to anything like a normal human being, he somehow managed to help make things better. It got a little repetitive; he was That Guy in pretty much ever movie he made. But you didn't want to throw anything at him, and it was often a genuine pleasure to see him appear onscreen. Yeah, okay, he only did that about a half-dozen times. However, wasn't playing the same character for an onscreen total of about fifteen minutes at a time per picture better than playing the same character for two excruciating hours wherein no one laughs? I mean, he's replacing Eddie Murphy as the go-to guy for Razzie nominations, last year winning something like all of them.

Chazz (Brendan Fraser) is the leader of a band called The Lone Rangers. He desperately wants to make it big, in part because he thinks life will then be better for his girlfriend, Kayla (Amy Locane--she was in [i]Cry-Baby[/i]). He loves her, but she thinks he's a loser, and she kicks him out. Again. Chazz has tried to get record company executives to listen to the band's demo tape, but no luck. Then at a concert, he and the others--Rex (Steve Buscemi) and Pip (Adam Sandler)--hear a band say that they would not be a success now if they hadn't gotten their demo tape played on the radio by Ian (Joe Mantegna). So the guys decide they're going to break into the station and make him play it for them. They end up holding the station hostage--with water guns, back before they had the big colourful bits on them to make sure you can't do that anymore. While they're at it, they discover that the station is going to go easy listening--and there is no copy of their demo tape.

Every once in a while, when I'm watching a movie, I get distracted by something I know about the actors, and it takes me away from the characters. In this case, I was asking myself how the others hooked up with Rex, because Steve Buscemi is a good ten years older than the other two. I mean, they all seem more influenced by '80s heavy metal than any other genre, but still. They complain briefly about the music coming out of Seattle at the time, too, but I'm not sure where their orbits would have intersected to know that they have such things in common. It's made pretty clear that Chazz didn't know the others in high school, which is the normal place to meet people with whom you seemingly would have nothing in common. Certainly none of these guys went to college. I suppose they met at a club, but how could they talk enough at a club to get to know one another? I know I'm not supposed to think about these things, but I couldn't help it. Of course, I'm also very tired.

This is one of that rarest of things, a movie with which my old roommate Karyn was obsessed but which I never actually saw. (As I recall, she had a Thing for Brendan Fraser.) I'm pretty sure she had the soundtrack, though it wasn't one of which I was especially fond. (I preferred that Seattle music, as it happens.) She and I had a fair number of movies that we both liked, but the more I think about it, the more I realize how divergent our tastes really were. Then again, I've never been sure how much she really liked the movies she said she liked. I think it's entirely possible that she just said she did because she felt she ought to. I know that she claimed to like [i]Tommy[/i] because a guy she had a Thing for liked it, and then she felt embarrassed when it turned out he only liked the stage show, not the movie. This, however, feels like exactly the sort of thing she really liked, not the stuff she felt someone with her intelligence and education about movies should like.

I know--that sound awfully snobby of me, given that I don't particularly like this movie. I will note that I am giving it, however marginally, a positive review. But yes, it still kind of is. Certainly I have some extremely snarky things to say about other films made by half the cast of this. (Poor Brendan Fraser; it's as though even he has forgotten that he can act!) However, I do think it's okay to like slightly more lowbrow fare. After all, there are some very bad, very silly movies that I do still love. And in fact, the greatest failing I saw in this movie was that it isn't thinking half so much as it's trying to convince you it is. It's been called a satire that isn't sure what it's satirizing, and that's not an unfair characterization. However, if you don't bother watching it as satire, and you just laugh where it wants you to love, it's probably a much more enjoyable movie. I sometimes regret that, even when I'm feeling seriously sleep deprived, I'm not able to do that most of the time.
January 5, 2013
There's something that is OK about Airheads and that pretty much has to do with the cast consisting of Buscemi, Sandler, Ernie Hudson, Michael McKean, Farley, Michael Richards. Airheads is dated and has a lot of dumb metal humor and Brendan Frasier is the ultimate "is he just ok or does he suck as an actor?" kind of actors. There are still some laughs in it but at the end of the day, The Lone Rangers were a shitty band
January 4, 2013
Sounds Quite Good And A Good Cast
December 31, 2012
This movies awesome. The critics got it wrong.
December 30, 2012
Ikke spesielt minneverdig, men gode, kjente skuespillere redder denne en smule.
December 22, 2012
A classic movie that any real music lover will will appreciate, and any fan of decent comedy will enjoy. Among one of the best music satire comedies with a great cast lineup.
November 9, 2012
rock and roll dudes, ARE YOU READY FOR THIS, It's heavy metal time
Robyn M.
October 25, 2012
I know this will sound crazy but Steve Buscemi is HOT with long hair. Oddly enough the movie is better as time goes by with the frequent changes in Pop Culture of today 1 thing will always remain the same; youth will strive for ambition and fame the best type of music is Rock n' Roll and the 90's grunge faze was awesome!
September 27, 2012
a great and very under-rated movie
September 20, 2012
A hilarious movie !!!
September 17, 2012
One of the funniest films I've ever seen. A typical lighthearted 90s film with a happy ending.
September 9, 2012
"So, if there's three of you, how come you call yourselves the Lone Rangers?" (!!!) Wow! What a surprise! What a cast! Airheads is one of those comedies you can watch over and over again. It's better than "Empire Records", and somehow you can imagine it being directed by Tarantino or the brothers Coen. It's THAT funny ;)
July 15, 2012
Not their best movie.
June 27, 2012
Love Sandler in these 90's movies.
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