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Airplane II: The Sequel

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  85m  •    •  Directed by: Ken Finkleman.  •  Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Raymond Burr, Chuck Connors, Rip Torn, John Dehner, Chad Everett, Peter Graves, Julie Hagerty, Robert Hays, Kent McCord, James A. Watson Jr., William Shatner, Stephen Stucker.  •  Music by: Elmer Bernstein.
        The first flight of Mayflower I to the moon, is destined to fail. There is a mad bomber on board, the engines aren't working, they're about to fly straight into the sun, the angel of death keeps popping up in the cockpit, but worst of all, they're completely out of coffee! It is up to Ted Striker to dave the day.

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If you've seen "Airplane!" than you've seen this. "Airplane II: The Sequel" is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed parody film from 1980 with many of the same elements. For the most part, the story, characters, and jokes are all the same, only this time the film is set in space and is parodying movies like "2001: A Space Odyssey".

For the most part, the comedy style for this film was the same one that was used in "Airplane!" using lots of play-on-words jokes to keep the tone of the first film and did not fall victim to other comedy film sequels where it is nothing but juvenile humor. I did find myself getting annoyed at the fact that there were jokes recycled from the first film like the little boy (Oliver Robins) and Captain Oveur (Peter Graves) and the mix-up with the pilot's names. Another problem was that when a joke happened occasionally, I had thought of a funnier punchline in my head, which took me out of the movie a little and sometimes, the jokes just didn't work.

"Airplane II: The Sequel" brought back a number of characters from the first film including Striker (Robert Hays) and Elaine (Julie Hagerty), McCroskey (Lloyd Bridges) and JohnnyJacobs (Stephen Stucker) and featured some new characters like Murdock (William Shatner) and Simon (Chad Everett). The problem is that the returning characters are the only ones who are really funny while the new characters, almost all the time, fall flat. Also, while the characters from "Airplane!" were funny and memorable, the only memorable characters from this movie are the ones that were brought back from the first film.

In the long run, "Airplane II: The Sequel" is a less funny "Airplane!" set in space. The film had some good jokes that the writers thought up of themselves and the returning characters were good in it, but the same can not be said for the new characters. The jokes, for the most part, were either mediocre or the audience could think of better punchlines for them in their heads, and it did have to borrow a lot of jokes from its predecessor. When it comes down to it, though, "Airplane II: The Sequel" is a comedy sequel that is not as funny as the original, but it manages to make you laugh enough times to make the viewing worthwhile.


Review by TheSeaLion from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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