Having spoofed one genre with considerable success, the Airplane team cast their net wider to send up a host of venerable movie chestnuts. Set in a peculiar national and temporal limbo, it has US teen rock idol Nick Rivers (Kilmer) travelling to Nazified East Germany to entertain culturally deprived Iron Curtain bobby-soxers. The gags come thick, fast and arbitrary - surfing gags, Pacman gags, Steve McQueen Great Escape gags - all aimed at the belly or lower, with a variable strike rate. The first half chugs along quite happily, but whereas in Airplane the jokes could simply be strung on a hand-me-down storyline, here the demands of the plot start to play havoc with the levity. Signs of desperation have begun to creep in some time before the end.
Cast and crew
|Director:||Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker|
|Screenwriter:||Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Martyn Burke|