Plot: Mitchell (Shane McDermott) is used to California, where he bagged big waves, basked in the sun, and chilled like few others could chill. He has just moved to Ohio however and of course, Cincinnati doesn’t have the kind of beautiful beaches and warm weather he has grown to love. But Mitchell remains chill, as he has mastered a zen approach to life and that comes in handy, as he finds himself as an outsider at his new school. The popular dudes see him as a threat to their social dominance, so they try to take him down before the girls really start to pine for the new guy, though he does have one friend to count on. His younger cousin Wiley (Seth Green) attends the same school and while he is a dork at heart, he is a good friend and gives Mitchell a little backup at times. As things get worse at school, Mitchell finds solace in his rollerblading treks around town, but little does he know that inline skating just might be the key to turning his social status into solid gold.
Entertainment Value: If you’re a fan of 90s movies, movies don’t get much more 90s than Airborne, as this teen comedy is drenched in signature 90s elements, including Seth Green as one of the most 90s characters ever. The narrative is classic teen comedy, with the new kid hassled and pining for his old stomping grounds, only to be freed…through the power of rollerblades. As the wacky premise suggests, Airborne’s tone is light and mostly comedic, though some light teen drama and even a little romance sneak in. But even the serious moments are rather humorous, given how wildly 90s the entire movie is and the prominent campiness that permeates the picture. That will likely be the main draw for a lot of potential viewers, as there is a lot of “so bad, its good” style appeal in this one. Aside from the insanely 90s vibes, Airborne also has an almost after school special texture that adds immense fun, especially in the scenes where it tries to get serious or deliver some kind of social lesson. In addition to the rampant rollerblading involved, Airborne also delivers goofball dialogue, a colorful cast with some familiar faces, and a brisk pace that has little filler, unless you could nearly constant scenes of rollerblading to be filler. This is a fun, 90s soaked flick that celebrates the wackiness of the era in a way that should appeal to fans of off the wall films from that decade, as well as oddball cinema in general.
Airborne has an interesting cast and includes several well known stars in small roles, before their break out performances. Seth Green has a solid role and as I said before, is as 90s as a human can be, as if every trope of the decade was thrown into one person and unleashed onto the world. The clothes, the hair, the lingo, Green is less mammal and more 90s meme here, which is bound to add to the entertainment value for those who appreciate such goofiness. Jack Black has a smaller role, but the character is in line with his usual work and he shines in those brief appearances. He is over the top and silly, just as you’d expect and tends to steal scenes, so he might be quite young in Airborne, but he shows all the signs of his comedic skills. You can also catch Jacob Vargas and Alanna Ubach in small, supporting roles, which is kind of fun. The cast of Airborne also includes Edie McClurg, Brittney Powell, and Shane McDermott. A fun, colorful, and of course, totally 90s cast.