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Airplane! (1980)
Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Writers: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen
Genre: Comedy

'A former war pilot who's afraid to fly a plane, must fly a plane.'

If you're a fan of this movie be prepared for a rough landing with this review. Airplane! is a spoof of the Airport movies (which I did recently watch and review) and it's a spoof of an old black & white movie Zero Hour! (1957), which is oddly, real good.

Airplane! mainly consist of sight gags. It's not clever comedy or situation comedy, but a throw back to the vaudeville days with comic shtick. Such as the 'auto pilot' which is a blow up doll.

The movie is full of such gags, one after another. Occasional they get a laugh but mostly they seemed dull. I wish I could say this was one of those, 'it's so stupid it's funny movies', but I found little funny in this famous comedy.

For all it's claim of lampooning the original four Airport movies, there's scant little actual lampooning going on. We do get the infamous nun scene singing to the sick little girl which is a nod to the original movie. And yes that's Barbara Billingsley, June Cleaver from Leave It To Beaver .

OK, I admit it, the scene above made me laugh. So if you're not looking for anything too funny this movie might work for you. "I picked a bad week to quit smoking." That was the line. I thought that was funny, but of the millions of people who've seen this film I wonder if they all got the reference?

I can't recommend Airplane!, and I sure wish it didn't have an exclamation point after the title. Surely you'd be better off watching an Adam Sandler movie. Or better yet watch a really odd and hipster cool movie like, Zero Hero!...