Airplane! movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Airplane!, an utterly hilarious disaster spoof, is definitely one of the greatest parodies of all time. It’s best for older kids or young teens and up due to its goofily crude humour, but is completely fun and watchable.


A former pilot with a fear of flying is tasked with the responsibility of landing a plane safely when most of the crew and passengers fall sick due to food poisoning.

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Movie details

Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Lorna Patterson
Writer: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Release Date (Australia): 12 December 1980
Runtime: 88 minutes/1h 28m
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film frequently features crude humour, including brief comedic depictions of suicide and substance abuse.

Violence (PG)

The film contains scenes of mild violence in a comedic context, including a man being stabbed and fight scenes that involve punching and slapping.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “s**t” and “ass”, as well as “damn” and “hell”.

Drug Use (M)

The film includes crude depictions of drug use, including a woman snorting cocaine and a man taking amphetamines and sniffing glue.

Nudity (M)

The film includes a brief comedic depiction of a woman’s breasts.

Sex (M)

The film contains multiple verbal and visual sexual references.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Airplane! is the funniest, greatest and most ridiculous spoof movie of all time! Alike most spoof movies and parodies especially concerning with the disaster genre, you can’t ever actually enjoy it unless you’re in the mood. You need to feel like a stupidly light-hearted giggle at horrendously hysterical jokes and funny events that would never happen in real life. The fact that the occurrences are so ridiculously unreal makes it funny.

There is not one single scene or even second in this movie where you’re not laughing your head off or at least smirking. Airplane! is a parody set around the disaster genre, so in this case, the pilots and some of the passengers fall sick due to food poisoning, leaving a former pilot passenger with the responsibility to safely land the plane. No words can explain how ridiculously riotous this movie is, from beginning to finish.

Because of the way it’s so ridiculous in the fact that it’s just a simple spoof, there’s really nothing much to say about the movie. You can’t describe the performances as great, but they’re not at all meant to be serious and aren’t what will hold you through. The direction and the camerawork is certainly smart, the ideas are perfectly witty, but what else can you say?

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