Airplane! (1980)

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Some movies are just simply above criticism.  This is one of them.  I’d love to say that I’ve got great new insights into what makes the movie funny or that I talked with the Zucker brothers and have some great behind-the-scenes stories to tell, but I don’t.  Instead, I’ll offer a Top Ten list of reasons why I love Airplane!:

  1.   It 180ed Leslie Nielson’s career path, making him a MUCH  more interesting actor.
  2.   Ethel Merman has a cameo.  Any movie is vastly improved by a little bit of Ethel.
  3.   “Don’t call me Shirley.”
  4.   The singing stewardess scene.  (Say THAT three times fast.)  It’s a dead-on lampoon  of the singing nun scene in Airport ’75, which I now cannot watch without laughing.
  5.   Shep, the dog.
  6.   The writer/directors had the good sense to walk away from the sequel.
  7.   The jiggling Jello™ / jiggling breasts shot.
  8.   The look on the kid with the coffee’s face.
  9.   The copyright warning during the end credits.
  10.   Two words:  Robert Stack.

Now, in case you have no idea what I’m talking about for ANY of the above-listed reasons, it’s time for you to watch Airplane! again.

Although you can find the entire movie for watching online via several less-than-reputable websites, Airplane! is a movie best watched with lots of friends.  So, to tide you over until you can get your friends over to watch it, here’s the trailer from YouTube:

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