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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Airplane 2: The Sequel
DIRECTED BY KEN FINKLEMAN
RELEASED: 1982

Why's it so good? Zucker Abrahams Zucker were not on board for this one - Ken Finkleman, a Canadian writer who also penned Grease 2 that year, somehow bagged the gig - but this is underrated. It suffers in comparison to the original, sure, but given that Airplane! may be the funniest film ever, that's understandable. Still, this maintains the frenzied gag rate of its predecessor, as Ted Styker (Robert Hays) and Elaine (Julie Hagerty) find themselves aboard the first commercial space shuttle flight, bound for the Moon - and disaster! There're genius-level gags here - "Danger: Vacuum"; the courtroom sequence - without ever lapsing into the lazy parodies that mar so many modern spoofs. And just when you think you're all laughed out, Finkleman deploys his trump card: The Shat! His cameo as Moon Base commander, Buck Murdock, is better than all five series of T. J. Hooker.

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How does it stack up to the original? It can't, but it's funnier than it ever had a right to be.

Glaring error: The failure to bring back Leslie Nielsen. Still, his day in the sun was coming with The Naked Gun�


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 28 MONTHS


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