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“Airplane!” Without the Jokes

"Airplane!" Without the Jokes

Known for being a joke-a-second comedy, the Abrahams-Zucker-Abrahams classic “Airplane!”, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is still linked together by a basic plot adapted from the 1957 thriller “Zero Hour!” That film is only a few minutes shorter than the parody/remake, yet if you eliminate all the humor from “Airplane!” you’re left with only 14 minutes of material. We know this thanks to a new video re-cut by Hollington & Kyprianou, which you can watch after the jump.

I’m shocked there’s even this much footage without at least background gags and subtle puns. But there it is, more than one-sixth of the film almost as unfunny as a Friedberg and Seltzer movie. Speaking of which, do any of those modern parodies have such a strong narrative foundation? Because despite the surprise that 16% of “Airplane!” has no comedy whatsoever, it’s always been one of its strong suits that it’s not just a chaotic assemblage of jokes.

The above is still more enjoyable than much of “Airplane II: The Sequel,” which someone recently tried to re-cut to seem like a “2001: A Space Odyssey” sequel. It’s not very good, and I’d appreciate the idea more if writer-director Ken Finkleman didn’t already intend the “Airplane!” sequel to partially be a spoof of Kubrick’s film. But here it is anyway:

That’s kind of like “Airplane II” without the jokes, as well, no?

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