ome of you know that Vincenzo and I think Airplane! Is a classic film. I’ve no idea what Swissy thinks of Airplane! She is far more cultured than Vincenzo and I which is part of the reason she was invited to write on this blog because we desperately need class. Well, she is insane like me and Vin but in a refined way.
Airplane! has moments but maybe it helps to have the references or the recognition of the “serious” actors mocking their own gravitas: Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and chief among them, Peter Graves. Graves’ actually makes implied pedophilia and man-boy love funny in a classic comedy turn.
It has a Benedictine nun with a guitar (natch), 2 jive-talking brothas that have to be interpreted by The Beav’s Mom, assault, Ethel Merman, a war story, disco, a gynecological exam, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, a blow-up doll that pilots the plane and has a, uh, bizarre relationship with Julie Haggerty’s character, creepy adult acting kids, perky stewardesses, unecessary nudity, oh, yes and a plane in danger. Let’s not forget the obligatory cute kid who is using the plane to get to the hospital for a critical transplant. Sorry, no priest on board!
After all these years I still think the disco parody with Robert Hays channeling John Travolta is funny and when is Leslie Nielsen, who appears in this film, not funny.? I still roar over the landing sequence.
Maybe it helps to be in junior high (I literally was when this film was released) or drunk and stoned or just amentior but I think this film is classic.
5 out of 5 bananas!
Note: I was going to review Eat Pray Love but Vincenzo was so furious (How furious was he?) that it was not a non-stop cooking film that he refuses to have the review posted on a blog he's a part of.