Airplane!

When: Sun., Nov. 11, 7 p.m. 2012

When Airplane! came out in 1980, one critic called it a "madhouse comedy." That still seems like a perfect way to describe such an anarchic film, a movie that has a scene in which airline passengers comically flip out when the stewardess asks if anyone can fly the plane they're on—and, then, during that commotion, a pair of breasts literally bounce in front of the camera and dart back out, for no apparent reason other than to startle some laughs out of the audience. Airplane! may have been seen as a much-needed send-up of all those airplane-disaster blockbusters of the '70s, but it was really a chance for the writing/ directing team of Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker to prove how there are no rules when it comes to making a comedy. There's a murderers' row of serious actors (Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges) saying goofy dialogue with a straight face. And even though it gave birth to the spoof-movie genre, Airplane! remains an achievement in fearlessly funny filmmaking. The Cinema, Inc. screening starts at 7 p.m.; season membership is $20. —Craig D. Lindsey

Price: $20 (season ticket)

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