A Timely Blogathon – Airplane (1980) – Flick Chicks

This post is the next entry in this month’s A Timely Blogathon being run by Anna of Film Grimoire and myself.  This review of Airplane (1980) is by Allie of Flick Chicks

Check out her site which she shares with her crime fighting partner Jenna which is filled with movie trivia, debates and celebrity gossip!

Tnx for taking part Allie!

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  Airplane (1980)



I have such a short attention span, and so when I saw the announcement of ‘A Timely Blogathon’ hosted by Movierob and Film Grimoire I practically squealed with excitement. Never has there been a blogathon more perfect for me! Of course, there’s something ironic about being late for a blogathon about being short on time, so thank you both for still having me!


The theme of the blogathon is movies that have a runtime of 90 minutes or less, and after a quick Google search I came across a movie I’d been meaning to watch for years, and luckily for me, it’s runtime was 88 minutes. Phew, just about! That movie was Airplane! (1980)


My sense of humour has made a lot of people groan, I’m a huge fan of jokes that get labelled as ‘Dad jokes’, and so numerous people have recommended Airplane! to me over the years. The only reason I haven’t seen it yet is it’s age. I struggle with older movies and I wondered whether any of the humour would actually hold up 36 years later.


The plot to Airplane! is simple enough. On a plane flying from Los Angeles to Chicago, the pilots and many of the passengers become alarmingly ill, leaving one passenger, Ted Striker (Robert Hays) with the responsibility of landing the plane safely.



I can safely say that not only do the jokes hold up over time, they come so frequently that a second viewing is almost mandatory; I spent so long laughing till it hurt that I probably missed a load of jokes! There are references to certain names that went straight over my head, but honestly, this is hilarious from start to finish. Just a few of my favourites:





First time?

No, I’ve been nervous lots of times.


You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.

A hospital?! What is it?

It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.


Can you fly this plane, and land it?

Surely you can’t be serious.

I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.


I’m laughing my socks off just typing these out. I’ve got to say though, there is no way some of these jokes would make it into a movie made these days. There’s the ‘Jive Dudes’ that have subtitles whenever they’re speaking, the little girl who likes her coffee black, just like her men, and the pilot who asks the young boy in the cockpit all kinds of odd questions!



Realistically, this movie isn’t for everyone. It has a very unique sense of humour, and reminds me of Monty Python in that sense, you either love it or hate it. The plot is silly, the events completely unreal. If you’re looking for a serious, dramatic movie about a plane on the brink of crashing, this isn’t for you, but if you’re in the mood for something funny with a guarantee to make you laugh, you honestly need to give this a watch.


Since raving about this movie all week I’m now being told to watch The Naked Gun, does anyone else recommend it?

9 thoughts on “A Timely Blogathon – Airplane (1980) – Flick Chicks

  1. Reblogged this on FILM GRIMOIRE and commented:
    Our next review for A Timely Blogathon over at Movierob comes from the lovely Allie of Flick Chicks. Flick Chicks is a blog by both Jenna and Allie, but Allie decided to contribute to the blogathon after being inspired to watch a pretty amazing film by the name of Airplane! (1980) – one of my absolute favourites, I have to say. Check out the review below! Thanks heaps Allie!


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