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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As both a very silly comedy and a parody of airplane disaster movies of the 1970s, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
The characters are generally too ridiculously over the top to be considered positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Comedic violence throughout the movie. During a long-winded story told in a mental hospital, a group of patients is shown putting guns to their heads and heard, off-camera, shooting the guns. A man punches a woman in the face after hearing another man yell the last name "Striker!" A space shuttle is shown crashing into a space station. A man is shown trying to shave while the space shuttle crashes, causing the man to cut his face and bleed. A boy asks his father about his rape trial while they're waiting to take off from Earth.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent sexual innuendo throughout the movie. Naked breasts shown as women pass through a metal detector in an airport. During the very beginning, the movie does a Star Wars parody of the set-up scrolling off into space that segues into the beginning of a description of two people about to have sex. A priest is shown reading a magazine called Altar Boy, and turns it sideways, presumably to look at the centerfold. This priest is later shown attempting to engage in oral sex with the person sitting next to him. At an airport help desk, a woman asks, "Should I fake my orgasms?" A computer is shown smiling after a female flight attendant is told that she's going to have to "blow the computer." During a discussion on television, a hearing-impaired translator makes a gesture known for signifying masturbation.
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Frequent profanity: "bulls--t," "s--t," "a--hole," "crap," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are frequently shown smoking cigarettes, especially in the air traffic control room. Characters drink alcohol. A female flight attendant is shown smoking a joint. Reference is made to "bad acid." In a corporate boardroom, a group of kids are shown smoking cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Airplane II: The Sequel is the 1982 second installment from the classic parodies of 1970s airline disaster films. Although it's still laugh-out-loud hilarious, there are plenty of jokes revolving around sexual innuendo -- as well as jokes involving a priest who reads Altar Boy magazine and attempts to have oral sex with the person sitting next to him -- that make this film a better choice for mature viewers. Nothing is sacred here, and there are plenty of jokes involving sex and drugs. Comedic violence is frequent. Bare breasts are on display. Frequent profanity includes "bulls--t" and "a---hole. Also, there's frequent smoking, especially in the air traffic control room. Don't let the PG rating fool you; if released today, the movie most likely would be rated PG-13. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In an interesting twist, Airplane! and its sequel -- called, appropriately enough, AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL -- have held up better than the 1970s disaster movies they were parodying. The sight gags, puns, pratfalls, satire, and rapid-fire wit are as unrelenting in Airplane II: The Sequel as in the original. Some jokes work better than others, and some jokes haven't held up past the movie's initial 1982 release, but, on the whole, this is still a very funny comedy.
Indeed, quite a few of the jokes (references to the Moral Majority, for instance) will go over the heads of younger viewers, and some of the jokes (especially ones involving priests) will be offensive to some. Nonetheless, most teens and parents will find themselves laughing out loud more than a few times. There is absolutely nothing serious about this movie, and somehow it's managed to stand the test of time. Just don't let the PG rating fool you; if released today, the movie would be rated PG-13.
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