History Film / Airplane

13th Jul '17 10:00:30 AM tropeminer
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It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ. While most definitely not the TropeMaker, it is oft viewed, even today, as a major TropeCodifier of a Film {{Parody}}.

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It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ. While most definitely not hardly the TropeMaker, it is oft viewed, even today, as a major TropeCodifier of a Film {{Parody}}.
18th Jun '17 8:44:13 PM tropeminer
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It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ. While most definitely not the TropeMaker, it is oft viewed, even today, as a major TropeCodifier of a {{Parody}}.

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It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ. While most definitely not the TropeMaker, it is oft viewed, even today, as a major TropeCodifier of a Film {{Parody}}.
11th Jun '17 11:43:06 PM tropeminer
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It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ. While most definitely not the TropeMaker, it is oft viewed, even today, as a TropeCodifier of a {{Parody}}.

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It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ. While most definitely not the TropeMaker, it is oft viewed, even today, as a major TropeCodifier of a {{Parody}}.
11th Jun '17 11:42:34 PM tropeminer
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The film that solidified the team of Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker as comedy icons. ZAZ's directorial debut,[[note]]They previously wrote ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', but John Landis directed[[/note]] ''Airplane!'' (1980) - titled ''Flying High!'' [[MarketBasedTitle in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and the Philippines]] - is a comedic remake of an old disaster film, ''Film/ZeroHour'' (itself based on the TV movie ''Flight Into Danger''). Subplots from ''Airport '79: The Concorde'' also appear. The plot: Ted Striker (Stryker in ''Zero Hour''), an ex-military pilot, has to get over his personal traumas to pilot a commercial plane after the crew is stricken by food poisoning, and reconcile with his estranged girlfriend at the same time. HilarityEnsues. Take that basic plot, and have a silly joke every three seconds. In fact, that is partly what makes the film work: [[RapidFireComedy if a joke falls flat, move on to the next one]]. Of course, [[DontExplainTheJoke further analysis of the jokes will just hurt the humor of it all]]. Just see the film for yourself. Along the way, it [[GenreKiller singlehandedly destroyed]] the DisasterMovie as a serious genre for over a decade.

It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ.

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The film that solidified the team of Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker as comedy icons. ZAZ's directorial debut,[[note]]They previously wrote ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', but John Landis directed[[/note]] ''Airplane!'' (1980) - titled ''Flying High!'' [[MarketBasedTitle in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and the Philippines]] - is a comedic remake of an old disaster film, ''Film/ZeroHour'' (itself based on the TV movie ''Flight Into Danger''). Subplots from ''Airport '79: The Concorde'' also appear.

The plot: Ted Striker (Stryker in ''Zero Hour''), an ex-military pilot, has to get over his personal traumas to pilot a commercial plane after the crew is stricken by food poisoning, and reconcile with his estranged girlfriend at the same time. HilarityEnsues. Take that basic plot, and have a silly joke every three seconds. In fact, that is partly what makes the film work: [[RapidFireComedy if a joke falls flat, move on to the next one]]. Of course, [[DontExplainTheJoke further analysis of the jokes will just hurt the humor of it all]]. Just see the film for yourself. Along the way, it [[GenreKiller singlehandedly destroyed]] the DisasterMovie as a serious genre for over a decade.

It was followed by a sequel called ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' in 1982, which didn't have any involvement from ZAZ.
ZAZ. While most definitely not the TropeMaker, it is oft viewed, even today, as a TropeCodifier of a {{Parody}}.
4th Jun '17 1:01:32 AM brian8871
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* ShoutOut: A self-referential one. The name "Rex Kramer" was first used in ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''.

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* ShoutOut: A self-referential one. The name "Rex Kramer" was first used in ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''.''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', as was the "Worse than Detroit" gag.
29th Apr '17 3:12:12 AM BURGINABC
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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: No one cares about Ted's BackStory.
29th Apr '17 3:04:50 AM BURGINABC
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** A prim old lady refuses whiskey when offered ("Certainly ''not''!"), then immediately proceeds to snort cocaine to remain calm.

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** A prim old lady refuses is aghast when a fellow passenger offers her whiskey when offered to keep calm ("Certainly ''not''!"), ''not''!"). She then immediately proceeds to snort cocaine to remain calm.''cocaine''.
29th Apr '17 2:59:35 AM BURGINABC
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* RuleOfFunny: A watermelon falling from the ceiling in a flight control office? Table lamps being unloaded by a dumptruck onto a runway? A string bass among the emergency supplies in the cockpit, in case the crew were on instruments? Would never happen in real life. But it doesn't matter, because ''it was funny.''

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* RuleOfFunny: {{Exaggerated}} to almost cartooonish levels; its silliness level rivals that of a Looney Toons short despite being a live action feature film with deadpan acting. A watermelon falling from the ceiling in a flight control office? Table lamps being unloaded by a dumptruck onto a runway? A string bass among the emergency supplies in the cockpit, in case the crew were on instruments? Would never happen in real life. But it doesn't matter, because ''it was funny.''
19th Apr '17 8:39:41 PM Chytus
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* AccidentalDanceCraze: Elaine mimics the gestures of a fellow dancer in the tough-guy bar without realizing he's trying to draw attention to the knife in his back. See AllPartOfTheShow, below.

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* AccidentalDanceCraze: Elaine mimics the gestures of a fellow dancer in the tough-guy bar without realizing he's trying to draw attention to the knife in his back. See AllPartOfTheShow, below.



** Back in those days, airports really did have Hare Krishnas and other soliciting/panhandling/preaching types all over the place. In later years airports were given greater ability to control access, so nowadays you don't have to punch one in the face to get to your gate.

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** Back in those days, airports really did have Hare Krishnas and other soliciting/panhandling/preaching types all over the place. In later years years, airports were given greater ability to control access, so nowadays you don't have to punch one in the face to get to your gate.



* AmbiguousSyntax: What's that? It's a RunningGag that's derived from the confusion between inquiring about a problem with something and asking for its definition, but that's not important right now.

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* AmbiguousSyntax: AmbiguousSyntax:
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What's that? It's a RunningGag that's derived from the confusion between inquiring about a problem with something and asking for its definition, but that's not important right now.



* AnachronismStew: News reporters apparently still wear fedoras in 1979-1980, and a pair of nuns is seen in traditional garb. The jet's [[WackySoundEffect prop engine effect]] may fall into this as well. Most jarringly, Striker's flashbacks to what would logically be the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar include shots of World War I triplanes and even a pre-Wright-Brothers whirlygig, but these can probably chalked up to RuleOfFunny. And the jukebox in his flashback plays sped up "Stayin' Alive" by Music/TheBeeGees.

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* AnachronismStew: News reporters apparently still wear fedoras in 1979-1980, and a pair of nuns is seen in traditional garb. The jet's [[WackySoundEffect prop engine effect]] may fall into this as well. Most jarringly, Striker's flashbacks to what would logically be the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar include shots of World War I triplanes and even a pre-Wright-Brothers whirlygig, whirligig, but these can probably be chalked up to RuleOfFunny. And the jukebox in his flashback plays sped up "Stayin' Alive" by Music/TheBeeGees.



* BeatStillMyHeart: Played for laughs as a transplant heart hops off of a table while Dr. Brody is calling from the [[VisualPun Mayo Clinic]].

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* BeatStillMyHeart: Played for laughs as a transplant heart hops off of a table while Dr. Brody is calling from the [[VisualPun Mayo Clinic]].



* BreakingTheFourthWall: See AsideGlance, above.

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* %%* BreakingTheFourthWall: See AsideGlance, above.[trope] is against the rules



* CameraAbuse: During the girl scout fight.

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* %%* CameraAbuse: During the girl scout fight.fight. (How is the camera abused?)



* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Steve [=McCroskey=], ground support, picked the wrong week to quit smoking (which he says as he lights up a butt). Also the wrong week to quit drinking, taking amphetamines, and sniffing airplane glue.

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* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Steve [=McCroskey=], ground support, picked the wrong week to quit smoking (which he says as he lights up a butt). Also Also, the wrong week to quit drinking, taking amphetamines, and sniffing airplane glue.



* ClosestThingWeGot: Ted Striker, resulting in FallingIntoTheCockpit.

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* %%* ClosestThingWeGot: Ted Striker, resulting in FallingIntoTheCockpit.FallingIntoTheCockpit. (What makes him the closest thing we got?)



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The RunningGag of people [[AmbiguousSyntax misunderstanding the question]], "What is it?"
** Johnny. Just...Johnny. But primarily the RunningGag where [=McCroskey=] and others ask him to fetch some coffee by asking "how about some coffee" to which he always replies "No thanks!"

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint:
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The RunningGag of people [[AmbiguousSyntax misunderstanding the question]], "What is it?"
** Johnny. Just...Johnny. But primarily the The RunningGag where [=McCroskey=] and others ask him Johnny to fetch some coffee by asking "how about some coffee" to which he always replies replies, "No thanks!"



* DeaderThanDisco: {{Invoked}}. The plane symbolically kills off the entire genre by crashing through a Chicago radio tower [[NotQuiteForever (hilariously, right after the deejay has just boasted that disco will live forever)]].

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* DeaderThanDisco: DeaderThanDisco:
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{{Invoked}}. The plane symbolically kills off the entire genre by crashing through a Chicago radio tower [[NotQuiteForever (hilariously, right after the deejay has just boasted that disco will live forever)]].



* DeconstructorFleet: The whole movie.

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* %%* DeconstructorFleet: The whole movie.



* DisasterMovie: It's a parody of the genre, but is heavily based on one that plays it straight.

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* DisasterMovie: It's a parody of the genre, but is heavily based on one that ''Film/ZeroHour'', which plays it straight.



** "Nervous?" "Yes." "First time?" "No, I've been nervous lots of times."
* ExcitedShowTitle

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** %%** "Nervous?" "Yes." "First time?" "No, I've been nervous lots of times."
*
" (Who said these lines?)
%%*
ExcitedShowTitle



* FanserviceExtra: The buxom [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001563/ Francesca "Kitten" Natividad]] pulls uncredited duty here as the jiggling passenger in the white T-shirt (She later confirmed that she was not the naked woman who appears directly in front of the camera from out of nowhere for no real reason while the rest of the plane is panicking). She makes another blink-and-you'll-miss-it uncredited appearance as the jiggling woman in the "Moral Majority" T-shirt in ''Airplane II''.

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* FanserviceExtra: The buxom [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001563/ Francesca "Kitten" Natividad]] pulls uncredited duty here as the jiggling passenger in the white T-shirt (She (she later confirmed that she was not the naked woman who appears directly in front of the camera from out of nowhere for no real reason while the rest of the plane is panicking). She makes another blink-and-you'll-miss-it uncredited appearance as the jiggling woman in the "Moral Majority" T-shirt in ''Airplane II''.



* FlashbackStares

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* %%* FlashbackStares



* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: "I take [my coffee] black. Like my men."

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* %%* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: "I take [my coffee] black. Like my men."



*** Behind Dr. Brody, you'll notice that there is [[VisualPun an entire wall filled with jars of mayonnaise]].

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*** ** Behind Dr. Brody, you'll notice that there is [[VisualPun an entire wall filled with jars of mayonnaise]].



* FunWithSubtitles: [[https://youtu.be/RrZlWw8Di10 The scene]] with the two jive dudes helpfully "translates" their conversation into English:

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* FunWithSubtitles: [[https://youtu.be/RrZlWw8Di10 FunWithSubtitles:
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The scene]] scene with the two jive dudes helpfully "translates" their conversation into English:



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Fellatio, cunnilingus, bestiality, paedophilia, topless women (see FanserviceExtra above), a young girl who takes her coffee black (like her men), pornographic magazines (see FunnyBackgroundEvent), suicides, and repeated drug use, and it gets a PG rating? (Granted, PG-13 didn't exist back then...) Looks like the censors picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue! In an interview on ''Later With Bob Costas'', Robert Stack was amazed A) that ZAZ got away with the 'Shit hits the fan' joke and B) that it made him laugh a lot.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Fellatio, cunnilingus, bestiality, paedophilia, topless women (see FanserviceExtra above), women, a young girl who takes her coffee black (like her men), pornographic magazines (see FunnyBackgroundEvent), magazines, suicides, and repeated drug use, and it gets a PG rating? (Granted, PG-13 didn't exist back then...) Looks like the censors picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue! In an interview on ''Later With Bob Costas'', Robert Stack was amazed A) that ZAZ got away with the 'Shit hits the fan' joke and B) that it made him laugh a lot.



* GladIThoughtOfIt
-->'''Murdock''': You want me to check the weather, Clarence?
-->'''Oveur''': No, why don't you take care of it?

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* GladIThoughtOfIt
-->'''Murdock''':
%%* GladIThoughtOfIt: (Some setup for the dialog.)
%%-->'''Murdock''':
You want me to check the weather, Clarence?
-->'''Oveur''': %%-->'''Oveur''': No, why don't you take care of it?



* HurricaneOfPuns: The ''entire film''.

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* %%* HurricaneOfPuns: The ''entire film''.film''. (Some examples please.)



* HystericalWoman: Everyone [[RightOnQueue lines up]] to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slap some sense into her.]]

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* HystericalWoman: Everyone [[RightOnQueue lines up]] to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slap some sense into her.]]]] %% (Maybe say why she is hysterical.)



* INeedAFreakingDrink: "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" (and drinking, and amphetamines, and sniffing glue).

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* %%* INeedAFreakingDrink: "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" (and drinking, and amphetamines, and sniffing glue).glue). (Who said this? What caused him to say this?)



* InnerMonologue: "Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon -- Manny Mota!" Also, "Jim never has a second cup of coffee at home."

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* %%* InnerMonologue: "Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon -- Manny Mota!" Also, "Jim never has a second cup of coffee at home."



** As mentioned above, the French and Polish translations changed the title to parody this trope.



* ItsQuietTooQuiet

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* %%* ItsQuietTooQuiet



* JiggleShow: See FanserviceExtra -- the film includes a "cameo" from a pair of ridiculously bouncy breasts.

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* JiggleShow: See FanserviceExtra -- the The film includes a "cameo" from a pair of ridiculously bouncy breasts.



* JungleDrums: Subject of a brief gag during a newscasters-montage.

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* JungleDrums: Subject of a brief gag during a newscasters-montage. %%(Maybe detail this gag.)



* LiteralMetaphor: TheMovie. For example, Stryker's drinking problem doesn't involve alcohol. He literally has problems getting liquid into his mouth.
* LittlestCancerPatient: The little girl who needs a heart transplant. A horrific moment of BlackComedy (not to mention SoundtrackDissonance) occurs when Randy sings "River of Jordan" to cheer her up and knocks out her IV with her guitar. Twice.
** The worst moment is how long it takes anyone to notice. The first time, everyone including her mother are so wrapped up in singing that she nearly flatlines, but she manages to pop the IV back in herself. The second time, her mother actually notices and frantically goes to her daughter's aid.

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* LiteralMetaphor: TheMovie. For example, Stryker's drinking problem doesn't involve alcohol. He literally has problems getting liquid into his mouth.
* LittlestCancerPatient: The little girl who needs a heart transplant. A horrific moment of BlackComedy (not to mention SoundtrackDissonance) occurs when Randy sings "River of Jordan" to cheer her up and knocks out her IV with her guitar. Twice.
** The worst moment is how long it takes anyone to notice.
Twice. The first time, everyone including her mother are so wrapped up in singing that she nearly flatlines, but she manages to pop the IV back in herself. The second time, her mother actually notices and frantically goes to her daughter's aid.



* MirrorRoutine: Sort of. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag has Rex Kramer dressing in front of a mirror. In the next shot we see him seemingly step ''out of'' the reflection; between shots the mirror was switched with a doorway and Robert Stack switched positions.

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* MirrorRoutine: Sort of. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag has Rex Kramer dressing in front of a mirror. In the next shot shot, we see him seemingly step ''out of'' the reflection; between shots the mirror was switched with a doorway and Robert Stack switched positions.



* MixedMetaphor: "I guess the foot's on the other hand now!"
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a 2. A few people die humorously, but there's no blood or gory detail.

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* %%* MixedMetaphor: "I guess the foot's on the other hand now!"
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a 2. A few people die humorously, but there's no blood or gory detail.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Hilariously averted with Lieutenant Horwitz, who still thinks he's Creator/EthelMerman. Of course, it actually IS Ethel Merman. And then there's Kareem...

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Hilariously averted with Lieutenant Horwitz, who still thinks he's Creator/EthelMerman. Of course, it actually IS Ethel Merman. And then there's Kareem...



* PantyFighter: The girl scouts.



* ProportionalArticleImportance: "There's a sale at Penney's!"

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* %%* ProportionalArticleImportance: "There's a sale at Penney's!"



* RuleOfThree: "I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you." The third time comes after the plane has come to a full stop.

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* %%* RuleOfThree: "I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you." The third time comes after the plane has come to a full stop.



* SexyStewardess: Elaine and Randy.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Ted Striker's experiences during the war.

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* %%* SexyStewardess: Elaine and Randy.
* %%* ShellShockedVeteran: Ted Striker's experiences during the war.war. (What about his experiences?)



* SmokingHotSex: Elaine and Otto, the inflatable copilot.

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* %%* SmokingHotSex: Elaine and Otto, the inflatable copilot.



* SpitTake: In the hospital {{flashback}}: "Seven. Lieutenant Zipp died this morning." *spfffft*

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* SpitTake: In the hospital {{flashback}}: "Seven. Lieutenant Zipp died this morning." *spfffft**spfffft* %% (Who did the spitting?)



* StockPhrases
** ItsQuietTooQuiet: Rex Kramer.



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: At first. Roger Murdoch denies he's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as though he doesn't even know who Kareem is. Then he breaks character when Joey starts to criticize several of his recent games.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: At first. Roger Murdoch denies he's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as though he doesn't even know who Kareem is. Then he breaks character when Joey starts to criticize several of his recent games.



* TakeThat: "WZAZ in Chicago, where [[DeaderThanDisco disco lives forever]]!" ''[Plane immediately flies overhead and slices the radio antenna clean off, stopping the signal]''

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* TakeThat: %% (Who said these?)
%%**
"WZAZ in Chicago, where [[DeaderThanDisco disco lives forever]]!" ''[Plane immediately flies overhead and slices the radio antenna clean off, stopping the signal]''



** "I haven't felt this awful since we saw that Ronald Reagan film."
** "I haven't seen anything like this since the Anita Bryant concert" [[note]] Anita Bryant was a singer who made headlines in the late 1970s for her crusade against gay rights.[[/note]]

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** %%** "I haven't felt this awful since we saw that Ronald Reagan film."
** %%** "I haven't seen anything like this since the Anita Bryant concert" [[note]] Anita Bryant was a singer who made headlines in the late 1970s for her crusade against gay rights.[[/note]]



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Averted and lampshaded. The trailers prominently featured a spectacular moment where the front end of a passenger plane smashes through a terminal window as people scatter. Similar in nature to the climactic finale of the recent move ''Film/SilverStreak'', the use of this scene in the trailer suggests a similarly epic finale. In fact, the scene takes place within the first few minutes of the film as a the payoff to a minor sight gag and is never referenced again.

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Averted and lampshaded. The trailers prominently featured a spectacular moment where the front end of a passenger plane smashes through a terminal window as people scatter. Similar in nature to the climactic finale of the recent move ''Film/SilverStreak'', the use of this scene in the trailer suggests a similarly epic finale. In fact, the scene takes place within the first few minutes of the film as a the payoff to a minor sight gag and is never referenced again.



* VideoCredits

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* %%* VideoCredits



* WatchOutForThatTree A woman is chasing after her fiancee who is going into the military, and is standing in the doorway of the moving plane. As she chases it the way someone might follow a train, she keeps crashing into things. Like a lamp post, a steel crane, a telephone pole...

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* WatchOutForThatTree A woman is chasing after her fiancee who fiancé is going into the military, and he is standing in the doorway of the moving plane. As she chases it the way someone might follow a train, she keeps crashing into things. Like a lamp post, a steel crane, a telephone pole...



* WhatsAHenway: "Surely you can't be serious" and countless others.

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* %%* WhatsAHenway: "Surely you can't be serious" and countless others.
24th Mar '17 3:45:45 AM mariofan1000
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* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: A lot of the film's humor relies on this. Some of the gags are so eye-rollingly obvious and corny that it crosses back over into hilarious.
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