"Seen deep behind the successes of all the major talent involved, 'Airheads' is an exercise in mediocrity."
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Producers: Robert Simonds, Mark Burg
Writers: Rich Wilkes
Features: Theatrical Trailer, Featurette, TV Spots, Music Videos: "Born to Raise Hell" by Motorhead, Ice-T, and Whitfield Crane; "Feed the Gods" by White Zombie
Chazz - Brendan Fraser
Rex - Steve Buscemi
Pip - Adam Sandler
Seen deep behind the successes of all the major talent involved, “Airheads” is an exercise in mediocrity.
Chazz, Rex, and Pip comprise The Lone Rangers. The three, demo tape in toll, aim to air their single on a local radio station. The DJ refuses, and plastic water guns, brought incidentally as toys, become weapons of threat. Cue wacky antics.
Far less satiric than its obvious parent “This is Spinal Tap” (despite the presence of Michael McKean), Airheads is less the story of a band seeking a contract than it is a volley of uninspired comedy. Peripheral characters are merely caricatures, and the band’s lack of the mental prowess needed to remember how to play checkers makes the title’s humor clearly evident – and it still isn’t funny.
“Airheads’” casting is its only element that elicits even a hint of praise. SNL veterans Chris Farley and Sandler are just slightly below par. Steve Buscemi is admirably committed as The Lone Rangers’ bassist Rex.
The DVD includes a featurette that runs as a mock newscast that covers the band’s infiltration of the radio station. There are also two music videos, one by Motorhead, Ice-T, and Whitfield Crane (seriously) and another by Rob Zombie. Both songs echo the loud, empty voice of the film.
The DVD costs roughly the same as a month of cable – the latter the more financially sound choice, being that “Airheads” has become staple filler on Comedy Central.