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Airplane II: The Sequel
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by Jack Sommersby

"Tired Retread"
1 stars


Not even remotely worth getting out of bed for is the mediocre Airplane II: The Sequel, whose predecessor is deservedly considered a comedy classic. There, Jim Abrahams and the brothers David and Jerry Zucker did writing/directing duties in serving up a colorful, oftentimes-witty spoof of '70s disaster pictures; it was chock-full of enough aural and visual gags for a dozen of its genre. Not all of the jokes worked, mind you, but I'd say it scored at least eighty percent of the time. Unfortunately, this time around a chap by the name of Ken Finkleman has written and directed, and if you've seen the original you've basically seen this sequel because Finkleman has, lazily and desperately, recycled about seventy-five percent of those gags, only this time they fail to elicit much in the way of laughs, with the flat, uninspired staging doing them no favors. This is Finkleman's debut behind the camera, and from what I can see he has no discernible ability to speak of, not to mention judgment - a tasteless Iran-hostages sight gag is as uproarious as a non-Novocained root canal. Even the basic story line is pretty much the same, only instead of a passenger plane in jeopardy it's a passenger space shuttle on its way to a colonized moon, whose computer goes haywire, thus sending the shuttle on a crash course to the sun; and as before, Robert Hayes's pilot Ted Stryker is onboard to save the day. Some of the other cast members from the original reprise their roles, but no one seems to be having much fun - they're merely going through the paces with a minimum of enthusiasm. (Even the vivid actor returning as the wisecracking control-tower employee Johnny has lost his moxie.) There's an amusing bit involving the theme song from the TV series The Love Boat and one with Richard Nixon masks, but it isn't until very late in the game when William Shatner of Star Trek appears in a nice cameo spoofing those shhh-shhh noises spaceship doors make when opening and closing. Shatner is by far the most animated of the lot, and his unbridled joy at cutting loose for once is obvious - he gives this sorry sequel its only moments of fun.

It's a shame because Finkleman did the screenplay for the underappreciated "Grease 2" that also came out in 1982.

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originally posted: 09/19/20 15:43:42
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12/28/17 morris campbell decent sequel 3 stars
8/05/08 Screwball Lots of fun 5 stars
3/07/08 Pamela White funny but not that funny 3 stars
3/27/06 Brian Meyer ASK FOR MORE LAUGHS GALORE! A++! 5 stars
1/14/05 Jeff Anderson Not that bad, but the late Stephen Stucker and Lloyd Bridges are still a scream to watch. 3 stars
10/10/03 JimmyC Not as good as the 1st.. but the laughs are still there 5 stars
8/07/03 3man Enjoyable sequel 5 stars
11/24/02 Charles Tatum One funny: "I don't do impressions, I'm a psychiatrist" 1 stars
8/06/01 Mr. Hat Not as funny as the original, but it has some really funny stuff. 3 stars
7/06/01 Elvisfan Suffers from sequel-itis, good for a laugh or three 3 stars
3/28/01 Andrew Carden Doesn't match the quanity or quality of laughs . 2 stars
11/02/00 Bender Not even close to being as funny as the original, but has its moments. 3 stars
8/25/00 LushZero same jokes, diffrerent setting 3 stars
8/23/00 Tristen S REALLY GOOD MOVIE 5 stars
1/19/00 Jedi15 I liked it as much as the first! 5 stars
9/18/99 Real McCoy Srcew you guys! It's Funny as hell! 5 stars
9/08/99 Jason Kinsey the same jokes as Airplane! ripoff 2 stars
11/15/98 Lord Of The Dunce Feh. The well went dry. 3 stars
11/10/98 Silent Rob Well, it's the same vein as the original, but a diferent blood type...amusing. 3 stars
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