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Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.
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The popcorn will probably stick with you longer than this silly saga but, if you need a few belly laughs, get a boarding pass. Airplane is the ultimate take-off.
The level of humor is not always consistent, but the filmmakers have thrown almost everything in with a shotgun approach and the routines work more often than not.
Airplane! is a splendidly tacky, totally tasteless, completely insignificant flight, a gooney bird of a movie that looks as if it could never get off the ground and then surprises and delights with its free-spirited aerobatics.
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who share both writing and directorial credits, become so desperate for laughs that the jokes descend to a much cruder level.
The gags aren't exactly clever, but there are a lot of them, and the cutting finds a fast, effective tempo.
The fact that the movie doesn't work as well today as it did in 1980 in no way diminishes its importance in recent motion picture history.
One of the reasons why Airplane! works as well as it does is because of those actors who play their lines with a deadpan performance.
The really great thing about Airplane! is that the jokes undercut your expectations so deftly.
[VIDEO ESSAY] The film's mixed bag of cultural references spill out faster than you can catch them.
From takeoff to landing, this whacked-out parody is a loopy flight of fancy.
There's hardly a second that passes without an assault by a wickedly accurate spoof, cringe-inducing pun or inspired sight gag, and the years have not diminished the film's dumb appeal.
Directors Abraham and both Zuckers create one of the few comedies that can guarantee almost a laugh a minute...
The sense of humor is juvenile to the point of getting unfunny and even ridiculous sometimes, with some (actually many) of the gags falling completely flat, but at least this insane parody has a lot of inspired moments and numerous delicious references that compensate for all that.
Its slapstick gags and jokes are essential in cinematic comedy. Airplane! offers the outrageous and unapologetic humor that transcended throughout the 1980s. 4.5/5
The 20-30 minute mark is a little rough, but everything else is comedic gold.
ZAZ team show that cinema, it's not just telling stories, but too, criative, popular, extreme funny gags, visual or not, that never will get old, it doesn't matter in what year was written or how many times was heard. Withou forget the brillant and unforgettable hilarious performance of Leslie Nielsen, 'the Oliver of Spoofs'. Fresh.
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