Directed By: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
Written By: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Released: August 29th, 1980
Runtime: 88 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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 debilitated 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.
This film has been described as “the funniest film ever made.” I wouldn’t go that far but it is pretty funny! The jokes are roll your eyes and face palm cringey for the most part but they’re constant and whether you like it or not will make you crack a giggle. A parody that’s over the top but why it's loved so much.
From the opening you knew this was going to be good. Parodying the infamous Jaws scene as the plane surfaces from the clouds smiles are instantly formed. The story itself as a whole is paced well and all the characters are charming in their own ludicrous way.
Airplane! is wonderfully tacky, totally tasteless, and utterly silly.