Monday, February 13, 2006

And DON'T Call Me Shirley!


I could tell from the beginning of this movie (as though the cover on the movie wasn't enough of a clue) that it was a comedic parody. The scene starts off with what seems like a normal airport terminal, with the usual cautionary recordings playing in the background about where and where not to unload passengers. Soon, however, the 'recordings' start bickering over one contradicting himself, which leads to the lady voice recording overreacting and accusing the male voice that he was only insinuating that she have an abortion. All the while, the rest of the airport goes about like nothing's wrong.

The level of decorum and seriousness is kept throughout the movie, in the face of some very silly gags and plays on words. Most everything said is taken literally, at face value. Tickets for the smoking section actually smoke, and a drinking problem literally means a drinking problem - the main character, Ted Striker, is so traumatized by his war experiences that he splashes his water all over himself anytime he goes to take a sip.
The main plot of the movie, besides trying to get as many jokes in as possible, centers around Ted Striker's past. Due to a bad case of food poisoning, all of the pilots pass out midflight, leaving the task of flying temporarily up to the autopilot, Otto. In order to land, however, someone on board with flying experience has to save the day. Ted Striker is that person (in fact, the only person), so the job lands on him and his ablility to overcome his fear of flying.
My favorite scene involved two "jive dudes" trying to communicate their food poisoning issues to the stewardess. She professes that she doesn't understand what they're saying, when an old lady overhears from another row and offers to translate:
Stewardess: Can I get you something?
First Jive Dude: 'S'mofo butter layin' me to da' BONE! Jackin' me up... tight me!
Stewardess: I'm sorry, I don't understand.
Second Jive Dude: Cutty say 'e can't HANG!
Old Lady: Oh stewardess! I speak jive.
Stewardess: Oh, good.
Old Lady: He said that he's in great pain and he wants to know if you can help him.
Stewardess: All right. Would you tell him to just relax and I'll be back as soon as I can with some medicine?
Old Lady: Jus' hang loose, blood. She gonna catch ya up on da' rebound on da' med side.
First Jive Dude: What it is, big mama? My mama no raise no dummies. I dug her rap!
Old Lady: Cut me some slack, Jack! Chump don' want no help, chump don't GET da' help!
Seccond Jive Dude: Say 'e can't hang, say seven up!
Old Lady: Jive ass dude don't got no brains anyhow! Hmmph!
Make sure, if you watch this movie, to pay attention to the end credits; the comedy continues through to the very end of the movie (though, if you want to cheat, most of the creative ones can be found at

Check out the trailer here:

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

Probably the best parody film the Zucker bros. did, although Police Squad is pretty daggone close.