Friday, January 18, 2013

Episode Six (Adam's Rib / Airplane!)

Adam's Rib (1949)

Director: George Cukor
Writers: Ruth Gordon (screen play), Garson Kanin (screen play)
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Judy Holliday

The sexual politics are more than a little dated now and having this center on an attempted murder where the woman should clearly have been found guilty was a pretty poor plot decision. Rather than being for equality, it makes Amanda's cause into a misguided attempt to get special treatment for the put upon housewife and makes it difficult to sympathize with her in any of the couple's arguments. Had the plot been set on a more solid, believable situation it would have been a much more impressive film. Still, Hepburn and Tracy are always a joy to see on screen together and their chemistry carries the movie beyond the limits of the disappointing narrative.

Score: 5 / 10

Airplane! (1980)

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and 1 more credit »
Writers: Jim Abrahams (screenplay), David Zucker (screenplay), and Jerry Zucker (screenplay)
Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Leslie Nielsen

It's a rare breed of comedy that is able to toss broad, over-the-top jokes at the audience constantly throughout the entire run time and yet still have subtle gags that fade into the background, only to be discovered upon subsequent viewings. Might not seem quite as funny if seen for the first time today, but that's mostly because its jokes have been referenced and copied so many times (and so much less effectively) in the many years since its release. Probably the best spoof movie ever made and infinitely quotable.

Score: 7 / 10

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