Airplane! (1980)

This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting -- a comedy style that would be imitated for the next 20 years. Airplane! pulls out all the clichés as… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The gags aren't exactly clever, but there are a lot of them, and the cutting finds a fast, effective tempo.

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Time Out

Psycho ground controllers (Stack and Bridges), laff-a-second pace, and bludgeoning innuendo make this the acceptable face of the locker-room satire.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] The film's mixed bag of cultural references spill out faster than you can catch them.

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James Berardinelli

The fact that the movie doesn't work as well today as it did in 1980 in no way diminishes its importance in recent motion picture history.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is sophomoric, obvious, predictable, corny, and quite often very funny. And the reason it's funny is frequently because it's sophomoric, predictable, corny, etc.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

From takeoff to landing, this whacked-out parody is a loopy flight of fancy.

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Variety Staff

From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Airplane! is more than a pleasant surprise, in the midst of this dim movie season. As a remedy for the bloated self-importance of too many other current efforts, it's just what the doctor ordered.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

There's hardly a second that passes without an assault by a wickedly accurate spoof, cringe-inducing pun or inspired sight gag, and the years have not diminished the film's dumb appeal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
The 20-30 minute mark is a little rough, but everything else is comedic gold.
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Melvin White
Rex Kramer: Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. … More