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The Independent Critic

Robert Hays, Julie Hagert, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges
David Zucker & Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker
Rated PG
88 Mins.
12/13/05 ("Don't Call Me Shirley!" edition)
 "Airplane!" Review 

This film has not aged as well as I thought it would in my life. It's hard to believe, though, that it's been over 20 years since its release. I remember seeing it twice in the theatre, and renting it about once a year. Seldom has a film made me laugh so nonstop and so loudly. Spoofing the "Airport" movies, this film is filled with so many one-liners, short gags, sight gags and facial expressions that it's nearly impossible to get everything with one viewing. The cast is nearly perfect...starting with Robert Hays and Julie Haggerty. I don't think either performer has ever done anything comparable...of course, Haggerty has most fallen into the pattern of trying to find another film like this one.

Dear Julie, "Freddy Got Fingered" was not a good career move. While it took many of the same chances, it's almost a black and white example of the right way and wrong way to make a funny, improvisational and "out there" movie. This film got it right. Of course, much of that credit goes to its writers and directors, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker. One wrong cast move, and this film could have been a disaster.

Remember the day when Leslie Nielsen was funny? Yeah, I know it's hard to remember that far back. This film is a solid example of how funny he can be. Then there are appearances by Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Billingsley and many other cameos. This film has such a great script that the potential for "favorite quotes" is remarkably high. This film is funny, really funny...If you are one of the unfortunate few who haven't seen this film you simply must rent it.


- Richard Propes
The Independent Critic