Air travel is a big part of modern-day life and it's very difficult to travel the air without an airplane. Since many airplanes are equipped with the means for passengers to watch movies while on board, it might be a good idea to know which movies to avoid the next time you find yourself in a great movie theater in the sky.
"Cast Away" The one thing no one wants to happen after they get on a plane is for a giant fat guy to sit down next to them. The other thing is the plane crashing. Since "Cast Away" features one of the most disturbingly realistic plane crashes in movie history, it might be a good idea to wait until you're safe on the ground to watch this one. The fact that one passenger survives the crash in the movie probably won't provide much comfort, given that he gets stranded on a desert island for several years.
"Up in the Air" There are bad things that can happen on airplanes other than crashes, though. Take "Up in the Air," which is about the alienation and discontentment that accompanies people who fly a lot on business. George Clooney's character has enough frequent flier miles to travel anywhere in the world, but he doesn't have enough love in his life to make anywhere worth going. Depressing, especially if you happen to be flying during the movie.
"Catch Me If You Can" Have you ever tried to analyze the pilot on your plane, trying to size him up? There's no real way to tell if he knows what he's doing or not, is there? You assume he's a good pilot because he's dressed like a pilot. In "Catch Me If You Can," Leonardo DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale, a (real) con man who flew thousands of miles for free by pretending to be a pilot. Not a comforting thought as you put your life in whoever's behind the controls of the airplane you're currently on.
"Airplane!" "Airplane!" is a comedy classic, but not everything the movie jokes about is particularly funny. There's food poisoning onboard an aircraft, mid-air peril and the only thing standing between the passengers and death is a disgraced WWII pilot with a "drinking problem." There's even a gag in the movie where the in-flight movie is a plane crashing. Hilarious on earth, not so funny in an airplane.
"The Aviator" When you're strapped into an airplane at 20,000 feet and climbing, it probably wouldn't be particularly comforting to know that one of the pioneers of aviation, Howard Hughes, was about as nutty as a fruitbat. That's just the inopportune reminder that "The Aviator" would provide, showing Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in all his eccentric and germaphobic infamy. It may be "the way of the future," but it's no way to entertain yourself onboard a plane.
"The Terminal" One of the best parts about being on an airplane is the feeling of relief when you step off it. But imagine being trapped at the airport. Not just for a few hours, but for years. That's what "The Terminal" is all about. And it's based on a true story, too, so it's definitely not the kind of entertainment you should seek out if you're on a plane.
These six terrible movies to watch on a plane are perfectly fine to watch in the comfort of your own home, but follow our advice and watch something a little less loaded next time you're on a plane. Or you could just do some shopping thanks to the SkyMall catalog. You were going to buy an automatic wine chiller eventually, right?