Airplane!

Prime at the Movies

Ah, the movie Airplane: a groundbreaking comedy that would set the tone for the genre for decades to come. No pressure, 34-year-old film.

The film starts off with an homage to Jaws: an airplane’s tail appears over the clouds, emulating the dorsal fin of a shark. This is already worrisome; I haven’t seen many films, and they are going to reference things I don’t understand. Lovely.

The opening scene features the comings and goings of a contemporary airport, complete with a male and female PA announcers arguing over which zone is the unloading zone, with the man cracking an abortion joke, calling it “safe and therapeutic.” We’re not even four minutes into the film, and I’m hooked.

On the flight, we see that one of the pilots is…Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Well sure, why the fuck not.

The plot of the film focuses on a man (let’s call him Steve)…

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