Post by kyngzindeyen on Feb 5, 2017 12:57:01 GMT -8
I couldn't find a forum for comedies, so I thought I would just put this here . Please move it if it would be better off elsewhere.
Anyway, Airplane! is a satirical parody of the disaster movie genre, written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, which was released in 1980. This comedic movie, which stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, features a troubled airline flight in which most of the passengers and crew suffer food poisoning, requiring ex-World War II fighter pilot Ted Striker (played by Hays) to save the day. Along the way are plenty of absurdist gags, slapstick jokes, and visual and verbal puns.
It was critically and commercially successful at the time of its release - but, if anything, its reputation has grown even further in the years since. In particular, in Bravo's 2007 poll of The 100 Funniest Movies of All Time, Airplane! was ranked 6th.
So, has anyone seen this movie - and, if so, what did you think of it?
I think I saw it years ago when I was little, I remember it made me laugh but I was probably too young to get most of the jokes at the time.
But now I kind of like 80s movies and I sure enjoyed a good comedy. If airplain! Is anything like hotshots I'll definitely have to rewatch it now I'm older, as long as it's not the rude, suggestive type of comedy.
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It has its moments but humour is so subjective... I wouldn't rank it as the 6th funniest film I've ever seen, it wouldn't even be in my top 10. (Maybe we should add that list somewhere!)
It has been a while since I've seen it though so I should probably give it another chance.
I think the problem for me was that it goes on too long to keep up the joke, the short snappy misunderstood double meanings wear on me pretty quickly. For example, I found Police Squad episodes funny but couldn't sit through the Naked Gun films, this to me is the same sort of thing. I read a Pride and Prejudice variation that to me had the same style as well and it took me far too long to get through it, even though I'd say the author did it very well.
imagineer I'd say that there are a few rude/suggestive gags but it's not the point of the film. I actually love the old Carry On films which are full of doublentendres and some of them would probably go too far for your liking and some wouldn't... but they are British humour whereas Airplane is definitely American, if that makes any sense?
Post by nerdherder51 on Feb 25, 2017 22:20:23 GMT -8
Like Imagineer I saw this film when I was young and didn't get all the jokes at the time. I found the movie pretty funny in some parts, though the stuff I didn't get was boring way back then. I get it now so what fell flat in 1980 is quite humorous for me today.
Interestingly enough this film helped launch Leslie Nielson's second career as a comedy actor. Previously he had been a respected dramatic actor with a number of films under his belt including the sci fi classic Forbidden Planet. Nielson's comedic turn in Airplane caught most of Hollywood by surprise. Of course, many of those who knew him were not surprised at all that he could pull off comedy so well. They were familiar with just how funny he could be in his private life.
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