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By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Rapid-fire spoof with sexual jokes and cartoon violence.

Movie PG 1980 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 18+

18+ for Full frontal nudity

The film has many sex jokes and mature themes. Several suicides, a hanging, and lots of swearing. The humor is funny, but not for families. Overall I was very disappointed. Many characters die in comedic ways.
age 13+

Hillarious move but not for under 13

hillarious movie!!! loved it but wouldn't recommend for under 13 unless you completely trust your child... It is an amazing and splendit movie with humor(mostly dirty jokes,suicide,etc...). If your child has the knowledge of right and wrong, I would recommend

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47 ):
Kids say (117 ):

Without a doubt, this movie reigns as king of all '80s parody films. Leslie Nielsen (in a precursor to his turn as Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun series), Robert Stack, and Lloyd Bridges appear to enjoy portraying characters that lampoon their previous dramatic roles. And, although the dialogue and references to films such as From Here to Eternity and Saturday Night Fever will appeal mainly to adults, site gags such as the jive-talking granny (played by Barbara Billingsley of Leave It to Beaver) and exchanges such as, "Surely you can't be serious?" "I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley," will have kids rolling on the floor.

Along the way, Airplane! mixes embarrassingly obvious puns and sight gags with surprisingly quick-witted knocks at everyday airport/airplane situations. Parents should note that most of the jokes featured in this film are at the expense of various religious and ethnic groups. They are not especially mean-spirited, yet some might interpret the film's off-color humor as offensive.

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