Clever Details That Prove These Movies Are More Than Just "Dumb" Comedies

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Vote up the most impressive details you missed the first time around.

There's something about a so-called "dumb" movie that everyone seems to enjoy. These aren't movies with completely idiotic plots, nor are they dumb in the sense that you'd have to be stupid to like them; they're called "dumb" because you can shut your brain off for a bit and enjoy some truly well-crafted comedy. These movies don't seem like there was a lot of thought put into them on the surface, but that's how they fool you.

In truth, most "dumb" movies are anything but, and if you pick them apart like you might a more high-minded film, you'd see that these movies have layers. Fans have been picking them apart for years, and when they find something truly inspiring about a "dumb" movie, it can make its way to the MovieDetails subreddit. This list highlights the most interesting of those clever details, so take a look, and if you see one you like, be sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    When Dark Helmet Tells His Men To Take Five In 'Spaceballs,' They Do Exactly That

    According to Redditor u/bjkman, there's a literal five-minute break in Spaceballs:

    At the 30 min mark of Mel Brooks' Spaceballs (1987), After Spaceball 1 leaves ludicrous speed, Dark Helmet tells the crew to take a 5 min break, Dark Helmet and crew aren't seen again until the 35-minute mark. 5 minutes later.

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    If You Listen Closely While Watching 'Airplane!,' You'll Be Let In On A Great Gag

    Redditor u/jerimiahf didn't miss a sound gag in Airplane! most folks missed:

    The longest-running gag in the comedy spoof Airplane! (1980) was that it was set a jet engine plane and they used a propeller engine sound for every scene it was in.

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    There's A Meta Comment In 'Tropic Thunder' That Pays Off On The DVD Commentary

    According to Redditor u/davemann91, a line of dialogue in Tropic Thunder pays off on the DVD:

    In Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr's character states, "I don't drop character till I done a DVD commentary." During the commentary for the movie, he remains in character.

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    Understanding Spanish Would Have Been Helpful In 'Anchorman'

    Redditor u/jerodeltoro1 revealed how important being bilingual is for the people in Anchorman:

    In Anchorman (2004) the name of the Mexican restaurant the girls go to eat at is "escupimos en su alimento" which translates in English to "we spit on your food."