Saturday, May 21, 2011

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)


When an A.I. computer guidance system aboard a space shuttle becomes self-aware and reroutes the course towards the sun, Ted Striker is called back once again to save the shuttle and all the passengers aboard it. With very little time and the ground units puzzled, Ted must find a way to destroy the A.I. system, remap a new course to the moon and win the love of his life Elaine Dickinson. As a sequel, this installment isn’t bad and has some fresh gags but ultimately it references the first one way too many times. Jokes are reused and “remade” and ends up being a parody of itself. It’s nice to see a new cast of characters but I just wish that it didn’t ride Airplane’s coattails.

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