Still holds up as one of the great American comedies. Inspired casting of 'serious actors" like Stack, Graves, Nielson and Bridges gave the jokes more zing plus gave those said actors a resurgence in their careers. Hays and Hagerty quite game here. So many memorable lines its hard to pick a favourite. "...I take my coffee like I take my men.....black" "Billy, ever been in a Turkish prison" "I had the lasagna"
Never had a such rag bag of disparate jokes coalesced into an almost sublime tonic of absurdist goofery. It’s wonderfully innocent in a pre-politically correct manner and so knowingly unknowing in the pattern of repetition and expectation, where the sheer volume of gags hit more than miss. The parody maybe be cinematic but the heart is televisual in the scattergunning of small details. An escapist delight.
Airplane! revolutionised the comedy of the absurd. The machine-gun succession of gags and one-liners is devastating. Some of the success of the film falls squarely on the shoulders of the great cast, some of them prototypes of this absurd style of humour. Abrahams & Zuckers founded a style that has not declined over the years and still remains as electric and fresh as ever.
Considered a classic in comedy but now feels dated. While there are some great gags some of the jokes feel cheap and tasteless. Funny in parts but it won't blow you away,
and don't call me Shirley - 2 stars