Rated PG-13 for crude dialogue and some sexuality.
Directed By: Michael Lehmann
Written By: Rich Wilkes
Staring: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Judd Nelson, Amy Locane, Michael McKean, Ernie Hudson, Marshall Well, Michael Richards, Joe Mantegna, David Arquette, and Allen Covert
That’s the way it is, little bro. Do you think Tommy Lee sat around and waited for the bus? Man, he hustled. That’s how come he gets to live in the Hills and pork Heather Locklear. -Rex
Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them.
To understand Airheads you have to appreciate the title. It may describe it’s character’s but it also sets it’s appeal to the audience. Immediately, the audience is aware what kind of crowd this film wants to see it. I’m not sure how a newer generation audience would take to this movie. It’s so focused on it’s generation, and the jokes so personal that others might not understand that while it’s mocking itself it’s still romancing the decade. The silly and ridiculous nature of this movie makes it an unforgettable addition to the 90′s teen generation.
Simply regarding the cast, there is huge comic quality working here. This isn’t an Adam Sandler movie, but it has some of the Adam Sandler moments we love. Familiar faces from Adam Sandler movies and the comedic actors he casts in his own were present in Airheads. What was great about the actors is they obviously had the artistic freedom to really get into their character’s and use their own abilities. There was no getting carried away performances, but there were definitely memorable moments that can be attributed directly to the comedian playing them. Like the moment in the club when Chris Farleyexamines a tough guys piercings, or when Sandler and Buscemi demand naked pictures of Bea Arthur and a football helmet of cottage cheese as one of their ransom demands. Priceless!
As forewarned, the movie doesn’t necessarily make sense, and for the stupidity of it’s main character’s to actually succeed in their mission, there was the necessity of the villainous character’s being just as moronic as them. The film cluttered itself with these nonsensical and bumbling fools that were the brunt of nonstop silly joke after silly joke. There isn’t a part of this movie that has any point of seriousness.
This movie is not for everyone. For some it will be offensive and obnoxious. Some may not be able to take the nonsense that is thrown at you as reality, but for many this movie is just hilarious. It might be pointless in nature, but it is a movie I don’t mind wasting away ninety-two minutes of my time on. The Verdict? Airheads is dumb fun.