A spoof disaster movie filmed in 1980 has been named as the funniest film ever to be committed to celluloid by Lovefilm.
Starring renowned comedian Lesley Nielsen the slapstick hit was found to contain an average of three laughs per minute = a higher laugh per minute rating than any of the other nine films analysed by a panel of film buffs.
This saw it give viewers more belly ache than recent comedy hit the hangover which generated just 2.6 laughs per minute and fellow Nielsen vehicle The Naked Gun, which received a score of 2.3.
Airplane’s claim to fame was received on the back of memorable quips, notably: “Surely you can’t be serious”; “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”
Intriguingly British favourite, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, only just scraped into the top 10 with a laugh-ometer rating of 1.2 – leaving it outflanked by the risqué Borat movie, rated 1.7.
Lovefilm editor Helen Cowley said: “While Lovefilm members voted Life of Brian as the funniest film, our research shows that for laughs a minute Airplane! beats the Monty Python epic hands down."