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Year: 1991
Director: Jim Abrahams
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, Cary Elwes, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn, Jon Cryer

It took the Flying High style sight gag comedy a long time to come back around, and by this time Abrahams, Zucker & Co still had it (by the sequel, the wheels were falling off). Where the Airport movies copped it first time around, this time Top Gun and their ilk are in the firing line, with big nods to Dances With Wolves and other classics thrown in. Charlie Sheen – surprisingly good in a straight comic role – plays Topper Harley, a reckless, rebellious fighter pilot trying to escape his dead hero father's shadow.

A basic Top Gun plot meanders through a million movie in-jokes and tangents just to offer gags, and the laughs – some of them too obtuse and obvious (the problem that started to plague the genre from then on and would still does to this day) are constant. Lloyd Bridges as the senile Air Force commander, the Indian language made up of only the Jackson Five's names and a hundred other sequences are endlessly watchable.

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