|I'M SO EXCITED! (LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS) (director/writer: Pedro Almodovar; cinematographer: José Luis Alcaine; editor: José Salcedo; music: Alberto Iglesias; cast: Antonio de la Torre (Alex Acero), Hugo Silva (Benito Morón), Miguel Ángel Silvestre (the Groom), Laya Martí (the Bride), Javier Cámara (Joserra), Carlos Areces (Fajas), Raúl Arévalo (Ulloa), José María Yazpik (Infante), Guillermo Toledo (Ricardo Galán), José Luis Torrijo (Mr. Más), Lola Dueñas (Bruna), Cecilia Roth (Norma), Blanca Suárez (Ruth), Paz Vega (Alba), Penélope Cruz (Jessica), Antonio Banderas (León ); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: ; Sony Pictures Classics; 2013-Spain-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
spoof of those ’70s
by Dennis Schwartz
boy Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar ("Talk
To Her"/"All About My Mother"/"Volver") is
writer-director of this disengaged silly spoof of
disaster movies. Almodovar keeps things
outrageous and campy in his effort to channel the
viewer's freaky side (finding gayness even in the most
The story revolves around a
technical failure discovered on the Penisula Flight
flight from Madrid to Mexico City that is forced to
keep circling Toledo
looking for the air controllers to find for them an
airport to meet their special landing conditions.
Meanwhile during the emergency situation the woman stewardesses have
drugged all the passengers in the economy section so
by sleeping they can manage the stress of "economy class syndrome."
crew of gay male stewards in the first-class section
(Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, and Javier
Cámara) do their bawdy thing to keep from
freaking out over the possible catastrophe, which is
to drink heavily a cocktail mixed with tequila and
mescaline, gossip and blurt out whatever is on their
mind to crew and passengers alike even if they are
things better left unsaid. They also dutifully turn
their full attention to serving the frightened
passengers, each with their own story, and try to meet
all their needs even if goes against airplane
regulations. The cute boys bring out the bisexual
urges in both married pilots, the captain (Antonio de la Torre) and co-pilot (Hugo Silva), and comfort the sleeping
Ángel Silvestre and Laya Martí) when they awaken, get on
famous dominatrix (Cecilia Roth), bring out the best in the corrupt banker (José Luis
Torrijo), help discover the dangerous mission of a mustachioed mystery man
(José María Yazpik), let the intruder from the
economy class, a self-described nutty psychic ( Lola Dueñas), carry on about her
ominous visions she had the other night about the
let the womanizing actor (Guillermo Toledo) act out how to handle in
public a sticky situation in Madrid between two sexy
women (Paz Vega and Blanca Suárez) he had
affairs with and is holding a phone conversation with
them while they are on the ground.
Penélope Cruz and and Antonio Banderas have a prankish cameo as airport workers on the ground.
My problem is that I didn't find the farce that funny; in fact, I thought it was just a lazily made paper thin raunchy film, whose machinations were too belabored to be exciting. Incidentally, the English-language title was lifted from the Pointer Sisters song -- which gets lip-synched in a kitschy mid-movie turn.
I think if the Three
Stooges were part of the plane crew it would have
given the pic the proper depth it was trying to find
in space and they would have made the juvenile sex
antics more amusing and anarchistic.
REVIEWED ON 8/1/7/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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