AMC Theatres is re-releasing two classic comedies for special screenings at select theaters: the hilarious disaster spoof Airplane! and the John Hughes teen flick Sixteen Candles. At both presentations, a limited number of commemorative posters of the films will be given away to attendees.
First up, a digitally remastered version of Airplane! Originally released in 1980, it took deadpan star Leslie Nielsen’s career in a whole new direction and remains a revered favorite 31 years later. Although the younger generations might not quite understand some of its cultural references, the movie should stand the test of time well because much of its humor relies on wordplay and visual puns. But even those who weren’t around to experience the phenomenon of religious pandering in airports during the 1970s will likely find this scene amusing, anyway:
Catch Airplane! at a participating AMC Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. To find a screening in your city, go to their Airplane! event page.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy a piece of teen angst at Sixteen Candles on Sunday, Feb. 13 or Monday, Feb. 14, both at 7 p.m. Sixteen Candles marked writer John Hughes’ directorial debut, as well as the beginning of his string of popular 80s teen comedies. It also gave a big boost to budding actors Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, and even Joan Cusack, who made a bit role as a geeky girl with unwieldy orthodontics incredibly funny. Check out the trailer below:
Find participating theaters and buy tickets at AMC’s Sixteen Candles page.
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© Karen Joslin, 2011