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Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?



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The Judge
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Stephen Stucker ...


Years have passed since Ted Striker heroically saved many lives by avoiding a plane crash. Working as a test pilot for a new Lunar Shuttle, he gets innocently sent into a mental ward after a crash of the badly constructed, computer-navigated spaceship. When he hears that the exactly same type of shuttle is scheduled for a moon flight soon, he breaks out to hinder the launch. Aboard, Ted finds his ex-ex Elaine Dickinson working as stewardess again and her fiancé Simon, a member of the committee that wants the Mayflower I to be launched. In flight, the ship's computer ROK 9000 takes control, killing the crew. Ted and Elaine manage to switch it off, and now it is up to Ted again to save the passengers' lives - if there only wouldn't be these flashbacks to the war and these people who know Ted and have no faith in his abilities at all. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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For the ride of your life... All you need for Christmas are your two front seats! See more »


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10 December 1982 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Crash and burn
24 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

You know those movies that really don't need sequels? Can you tell the Hollywood producers about that? Abrahams and the two Zuckers, or ZAZ, agreed not to do this. Thus, they abandoned this, and evidently took almost all of the hilarity with them, whether or not they intended to do so. That left this with some pieces of comedy, but mostly what there is just hacks, coughs, sputters and dies slowly and painfully before the viewers' eyes. It's not a pretty sight. This is a soulless, less "honest" spoof. There is arguably more objectionable content in the first five minutes of this than the entirety of its predecessor. The bits that are, at times directly, lifted from it tend to do little other than highlight how little this one has on the one that came before it. Several cast-members return, including the two leads, however, the script they were given leaves them powerless to save this. Even Shat doesn't quite save it(and he certainly does try, and does well with what he had to work with). It would be too harsh and critical, if not by particularly much, to claim that none of this is funny at all(heck, when at its best, which is extremely seldom, it isn't without outright hilarity). It's pretty half-hearted, and comes off as being made for the bucks, not the laughs. The fact remains that it offers next to nothing, and certainly not a thing that comes even remotely close to being worth possibly risking messing up the memory of Airplane!, if one fears an inclination towards that. There's a lot more sexuality(and usually the gags and jokes go on for so long, it ceases to even hold potential for humor... and reach the level of being gratuitous), other offensive material(except for drug references) and language in this. The end credits featuring the as-of-yet-unfulfilled promise of a third entry is really a perfect testament to the failure of this. Perhaps it can at least help deter follow-ups that are useless and uncalled for from being released. It certainly isn't alone. Lastly, let me point out that this is not merely a case of a sequel being a letdown... it's simply not a good film. I recommend this to those who must have both in the series. 5/10

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