This film should have been amazing, and in some ways, it absolutely is. The plot is inane and the characters beyond idiotic, but the quirkiness is escalated by the sheer absurdity of the events. Chaz, Rex, and Pip LOVE rock and roll. They love rock and roll enough to hold a radio station hostage until their music is played. And chaos ensues. The film’s plot is as flimsy as a combover, but it does introduce us to some almost iconic archetypes. Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi play wildly retarded (apologies but that’s basically their characters) individuals, and the plot becomes even more outrageous as time goes on. but for music fans, and fans of terribly ill-conceived humour, Airheads might be for you.
Reason to Watch
Grunge rock was once the shit, and this is a nice little reminder of that
Airheads is essentially a less funny more painfully obnoxious version of This is Spinal Tap, and yet, you feel compelled and drawn into its 90’s aesthetics and terrible sweater shirts.
Most Memorable Quote(s)
- Chazz: Yvonne, get your shit and go. You’ll be home in time for The Simpsons.
- Chazz: We got to send one person out.
Pip: I’ll go.
Rex: One of the hostages, doof.
What You Need to Get Through This Movie
A suspension of disbelief. These guys someone, in some way, manage to succeed (arguably). Knowing their terribly garage band made it off the ground and your awful post-jam collective failed may infuriate.
Lead singer of famed metal band Motorhead, Lemmy, makes an appearance in the film
The character Rex is a representation of Rex Brown from metal band, Pantera
- By being a criminal you can, in fact, get your career known. though dj’s and record label executives have known that for years
- Adam Sandler has been playing the same role long before Little Nicky and The Waterboy
Justification for Rating
Airheads isn’t particularly a BAD film, but it does introduce too many presumptions for the viewer. For a dumb 90’s popcorn film that focuses more on grunge rock and less on quality, like a Soundgarden album or Brendan Fraser’s career, this one is for you.