Anywhere, now's the time to talk about this evening's film which is considered quite the classic in the comedy world, but it does qualify as action as it spoofs the disaster films that were so popular back in the 1970s and so it has a fair amount of action set pieces in it. So buckle yourselves in and get ready to relive the sides-splitting laughter and suspense that is Airplane!
There's more than enough crazy shenanigans to keep several planes in the air and to keep anyone laughing...well, anyone who has a funnybone. What's that you say? Surely a film made in 1980 can't be that funny now. Well I tell you that it can be...and don't call me Shirley. Airplane! was one of the many collaborations between Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker, and like Top Secret and The Naked Gun this film is full of bad puns, sight gags, and raunchy humor. What makes this film more superior to those others stems from its careful juggling of the comedy and the suspense. The film, even when its jokes are lame, is very exciting and makes you want to keep watching until the film ends and you find out what happens to everyone. There is much that is quotable about the film as well, like the 'Don't call me Shirley' lines and the Jive scenes, and the actors are all top notch as well. Its also amusing how the film lampoons the conventions of disaster films like Airport and others like it, including the unusually diverse supporting cast and the over-dramatic reactions to everything that goes wrong in the plot. All of it is designed to get any cheap laugh it can out of you, not unlike the work of Mel Brooks. So if you're in the mood for something a little exciting and very absurd, Airplane! should be right up your alley. Check it out, and fly the funny skies.