LA Mayor Gives <i>Airplane!</i> a Big Salute, Pundits Be Damned
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I've had a favorable impression of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for some time. He's obviously well educated - a rarefied Rhodes scholar to boot. He's got a chipper, regular-guy demeanor, interesting Jewish and Latino roots, and a demonstrated affinity for pothole politics and the often unglamorous grind of governing a city, even a city renowned for glamor.
And now there's this: The 44-year-old mayor, elected a couple of years ago after a dozen years on the City Council, has very publicly declared his favorite movie to be - wait for it - yes! Airplane!, an icon of the unabashedly goofball genre.
Airplane! also comes loaded with a brand of shtick, which, 35 years after the movie's release, might make the more politically correct Angelenos feel, well, gagged with a spoon, to use some Airplane!-era phraseology of the San Fernando Valley, where Garcetti grew up.
Whatever you may think of the movie (and perhaps of Garcetti's parents for allowing him to see it when he was 9), g
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