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.
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.