FW MOVIE PICK: AIRPLANE!

Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and Otto in Airplane! (1980)

Some might consider this to be the greatest parody film ever made, and I agree because there is actual effort put into this flick! This spoof comedy takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that were released in the 70s. When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot with a drinking problem must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe landing. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lorna Patterson. Many of the actors in this movie were best known for drama, but show off their comedic chops here. The movie has so many funny and hilarious moments including Rex Kramer going temporarily mad, The two men speaking ‘jive’, Kramer’s boring monologue, The very polite children that sit next to each other, Johnny’s inability to take anything seriously, All the reading material, The instruments, Ted’s drinking problem, The old woman who sits next to Ted and tries to calm him and Randy’s song. But till this day the most quotable line in the film is “I am serious and don’t call me Shirley” delivered to us but the deadpan comedian Leslie Nielsen. But the real star of this spoof is a large inflatable pilot doll named “Otto”, which delivers plenty of hilarious hijinks either through his actions or facial expressions. You see this is why parodies movies today suck, because they’re shameless and tasteless along with throwing in a bunch of gags that feel forced. Overall this is a hilarious parody flick with gags that still hold up pretty well till this day, if this kind of disaster movie was made today in the modern age, all the jokes wouldn’t be as funny!

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