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Airplane!

Director:  Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker
Year Released:  1980
Rating:  3.0

Classic 80's spoof of disaster movies is still fun and memorable because of the hugely favorable good-to-bad joke ratio: the ZAZ team isn't afraid to milk absolutely anything for a potential laugh, and more often than not they succeed. Puns, one-liners, dry wit, physical humor, racial humor, sight gags and running jokes are all deployed with giddy, infantile creativity: if there's fault to be found with Abrahams, et. al. it's how this triumph set a precedent for the 'spoof' genre and convinced future filmmakers they can do the same thing and be just as clever. It certainly taught me a very important life lesson: on long flights, pass on the fish.

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