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Airplane II: The Sequel
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by Ryan Arthur

"Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes."
2 stars

Wildly uneven, but still occasionally amusing. It can't compare to the first, though.

Two years after the first Airplane!, Airplane II had most of the original cast, but none of the original writers and directors. Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker were gone, replaced by...Ken Finkleman.

Who's Ken Finkleman, you ask?

Good question.

He's listed as a writer for "Grease 2" and Madonna's "Who's That Girl," if that rings a bell. It's enough to send me off the deep end, how about you? No? Ah well. His work in the 90's consists of Canadian TV shows.

Anyway, on to the film. It's essentially a retread of the first (well, not essentially, it's the same movie on different sets, plus different flashback scenes), although this time it's set in space, aboard a space shuttle. Crash, death and destuction are all imminent, unless heroic pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) can overcome whatever obstacles are thrown his way and bring the shuttle down, and down safe. The familiar characters are there, but they've added what's becoming a staple in spoof films:

The Shatner Appearance.

At least Bill seemed to be sort of in on the joke.

Oh, and Sonny Bono plays a mad bomber. I'm sure that helped him get into Congress.

The humor's spotty here, as it always is in this type of film. Some jokes work, some don't. Some won't sink in unless there's multiple viewings, and I'm certainly not gonna advocate that. There are better movies, better spoof movies, to see. Airplane II generally lacks the wit of Z/A/Z on all fronts; you miss the first movie, warts and all, just that much more.

Worth seeing, however, is the late actor Stephen Stucker, reprising his role as the most annoying guy in the tower.

Can't hold a candle to the first, although there are some funny bits. Not enough to recommend a rental, though.

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originally posted: 07/06/99 13:56:47
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12/29/17 morris campbell decent sequel 3 stars
8/06/08 Screwball Lots of fun 5 stars
3/08/08 Pamela White funny but not that funny 3 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer ASK FOR MORE LAUGHS GALORE! A++! 5 stars
1/15/05 Jeff Anderson Not that bad, but the late Stephen Stucker and Lloyd Bridges are still a scream to watch. 3 stars
10/11/03 JimmyC Not as good as the 1st.. but the laughs are still there 5 stars
8/08/03 3man Enjoyable sequel 5 stars
11/25/02 Charles Tatum One funny: "I don't do impressions, I'm a psychiatrist" 1 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat Not as funny as the original, but it has some really funny stuff. 3 stars
7/07/01 Elvisfan Suffers from sequel-itis, good for a laugh or three 3 stars
3/29/01 Andrew Carden Doesn't match the quanity or quality of laughs . 2 stars
11/03/00 Bender Not even close to being as funny as the original, but has its moments. 3 stars
8/26/00 LushZero same jokes, diffrerent setting 3 stars
8/24/00 Tristen S REALLY GOOD MOVIE 5 stars
1/20/00 Jedi15 I liked it as much as the first! 5 stars
9/19/99 Real McCoy Srcew you guys! It's Funny as hell! 5 stars
9/08/99 Jason Kinsey the same jokes as Airplane! ripoff 2 stars
11/16/98 Lord Of The Dunce Feh. The well went dry. 3 stars
11/11/98 Silent Rob Well, it's the same vein as the original, but a diferent blood type...amusing. 3 stars
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