Airplane! is first and foremost a comedy, a movie that makes us laugh at a remarkable rate of three laughs per minute. It is also one of the all-time great parody films, using the disaster genre as its launching point into its own special world of lunacy. Ultimately, Airplane! is a quintessential spoof film that masterfully subverts the hyper-dramatic ostentation of the popular disaster films of the era, creating instead a universe that's anything but.