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"
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
Airplane! is ultimately a ridiculously silly film, with so many gags and puns that do actually make you laugh it's hard to dislike it. However, it does lag and you get the feel that they are continuing the film to see just how many more jokes they can fit in. It will make you laugh, just not often and not out loud.