Film #59: Airplane! (1980)

Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Language: English, Jive and a tiny bit of Japanese
Length: 88 minutes
Watched on: 18 June 2012

This is the second time I’ve seen this film now, although I’ve yet to see its sequel. It’s one of the first parody films of a genre that would later spawn monstrosities like “Epic Movie”, but here the writing is actually good and the actors are all brilliant. It’s one of those few films that really just has gag after gag after gag, with several recurring themes throughout, especially people who take things too literally. “Don’t call me Shirley!”, anyone?

I don’t really know what it is that the film is spoofing, to be honest. I think it’s some film from the 1960s, although I hadn’t heard of it. Evidently the plot is lifted pretty much directly from it with minimal changes, because both films were owned by the same production company.

There’s just a lot going on in this film, and it’s quite easy to watch because it doesn’t ever quite get boring (although this is partly a function of its length; any longer and it might start to get very repetitive). I kinda wish the modern examples of this genre would be nearly as good. And I wanna see the sequel.


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