'Airplane!' and its sequel fly in opposite directions

Best bet

September 04, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

Cinemax presents a dual lesson tonight: Lesson 1 shows how funny a movie can be, while Lesson 2 shows how pointless a sequel can be.

"Airplane!" (8 p.m.-10 p.m.) probably has more jokes per frame than any film ever made, which means that even if only half of them work, it's still one funny film. Fortunately, far better than half do, as a cast of film veterans, including Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Peter Graves, send up the very film and TV characterizations that made them famous. It's all an eye-rolling hoot.

"Airplane II: The Sequel" (10 p.m.-11: 30 p.m.) thinks it's more of the same, but it's not -- maybe because what once seemed so fresh now seems old. It's not nearly as funny.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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