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I'm So Excited!
     

I'm So Excited!

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Angel Silvestre

 
The passengers and crew of an airliner bound for Mexico City find their lives in jeopardy due to a technical failure, and experience a collective catharsis that helps to ward off the specter of death in this comedy written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Upon learning of the problem, the pilots of flight 2549 begin working with their

Overview

The passengers and crew of an airliner bound for Mexico City find their lives in jeopardy due to a technical failure, and experience a collective catharsis that helps to ward off the specter of death in this comedy written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Upon learning of the problem, the pilots of flight 2549 begin working with their colleagues on the ground to find a solution. Meanwhile, the flamboyant flight attendants and their chief steward work overtime to distract the concerned passengers of business class from the mad scramble to land the plane safely. Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces star in this El Deseo production featuring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Spanish cause célèbre Pedro Almodóvar's ensemble farce I'm So Excited! concerns an aircraft that seems bound for catastrophe -- one of the safety technicians on the ground (Antonio Banderas, in a cameo) accidentally forgot to remove the chocks, and the airplane "ingested" them -- paralyzing the landing gear and inadvertently putting all of the crew and passengers at death's door. Aside from the prologue with one-scene walk-ons by Banderas and Penélope Cruz, and a couple of sequences set on the ground, we spend all of our time onboard the Mexico-bound plane as Almodóvar crisscrosses the substories of various eccentrics, including a married bisexual pilot (Antonio de la Torre) carrying on a covert affair with one of the male attendants, a photogenic twentysomething couple (Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Laya Martí) on their honeymoon, a film actress-turned-high-end prostitute and dominatrix (Cecilia Roth), a middle-aged virginal woman (Lola Dueñas) eager for her first taste of sex, and most prominently, three wildly effeminate gay stewards (Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, and Javier Camára) who try to forestall panic by drugging everyone in first class with mescaline-spiked Valencia cocktails. The film celebrates uninhibited carnality within the context of the same form that launched Almodóvar's career in the 1980s -- earthy, bawdy comedies such as What Have I Done to Deserve This and Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Montón. With that in mind, about half of the material delivers. Almodóvar is at his best here when he throws in laughs from way out of left field -- as in the opening with Banderas and Cruz, who become momentarily distracted from their jobs and injure a fellow safety worker in the process. Also enjoyable is a deliciously conceived and shot preflight sequence in which the stewards demonstrate the appropriate use of emergency devices to passengers. The blocking of those safety scenes strikes one as so subtle and yet so absurd -- with humor generated by the wackiness of the crewmen's body movements and facial expressions -- that we're beside ourselves with laughter. Equally droll is a terrific throwaway in mid-film when the attendants lapse into a lip-synched musical performance set to a cover of the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited"; Almodóvar enlists an array of weird and clever camera angles and actor blockings -- reminiscent of Bob Fosse musicals -- to turn the sequence into a kitschy gay cabaret act, and the results are nothing short of inspired. Unfortunately, much of the overtly raunchy humor in the film falls flat. Many of the gags and double entendres revolve around penises and blow jobs (who is giving head to whom, etc.) -- and not even jokes about said topics, but simply the mention of them, in about every imaginable context. As presented here, this isn't particularly funny; it feels tired, repetitive, and stale. It takes arduous work to make this sort of lover-swapping bedroom farce play with anything close to freshness, and Almodóvar misses the mark by a long shot. More often than not, we aren't laughing or chuckling; we're wincing. The picture does, however, succeed on the level of basic dramatic wizardry. This is Almodóvar's 19th feature, and at this point he has a level of narrative derring-do that feels rather jarring. Not only does he manage to establish and sustain multiple substories and glide back and forth between them sans effort, but he's such a gifted raconteur that he's able to suspend disbelief even with ridiculous story twists that virtually no other director could pull off. Consider, for example, one sequence set outside of the airplane: It depicts a contrivance involving the cell phone of a womanizing passenger's unstable lover (Paz Vega), which finds its way into the hands of another of his ex-girlfriends (Blanca Suárez) -- by plummeting into her bag during the first woman's suicide bid. To put it kindly, this is nutty storytelling -- so nutty that many Bollywood films have more solid interior logic -- but somehow it does play, and watching the picture you have to admire Almodóvar's gutsiness, even if you're aghast at what he's getting away with or trying to get away with. Embracing this movie means accepting its melodramatic lunacies and simply drifting with its current. In the final analysis, I'm So Excited! is not great Almodóvar -- it falls well below the bar of the director's classics -- but it does have its inherent pleasures and will probably be most appreciated by loyal fans of the filmmaker who feel eager to see him return to the sort of movies that initially put him on the map.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2014
UPC:
0043396425460
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
39,045

Special Features

Presenting I'm So Excited!; Making I'm So Excited!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio de la Torre Alex Acero
Hugo Silva Benito Morón
Miguel Angel Silvestre The Groom
Javier Camára Joserra
Carlos Areces Fajas
Raúl Arévalo Ulloa
Jose Maria Yazpik Infante
Lola Dueñas Bruna
Cecilia Roth Norma
Blanca Suárez Ruth
José Luis Torrijo Mr. Más
Laya Marti The Bride
Carmen Machi Concierge
Susi Sánchez Alba's Mother
Pepa Charro Hostess Piluca
Nasser Saleh Passenger
Guillermo Toledo Ricardo Galán

Technical Credits
Pedro Almodóvar Director,Screenwriter
Jose Luis Alcaine Cinematographer
Agustín Almodóvar Producer
Davidelfin Costumes/Costume Designer
Esther Garcia Producer
Antxon Gomez Art Director
Pelayo Gutierrez Sound Editor
Tatiana Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Alberto Iglesias Score Composer
Blanca Li Choreography
Ana Lozano Makeup
Ivan Marin Sound/Sound Designer
Toni Novella Production Manager
Marc Orts Sound Mixer
Diego Pajuelo Associate Producer
Bárbara Peiró Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I'm So Excited!
1. Chapter 1 [6:36]
2. Chapter 2 [6:03]
3. Chapter 3 [6:48]
4. Chapter 4 [7:40]
5. Chapter 5 [4:36]
6. Chapter 6 [5:05]
7. Chapter 7 [3:32]
8. Chapter 8 [3:22]
9. Chapter 9 [4:40]
10. Chapter 10 [3:38]
11. Chapter 11 [6:25]
12. Chapter 12 [4:54]
13. Chapter 13 [5:18]
14. Chapter 14 [5:20]
15. Chapter 15 [5:07]
16. Chapter 16 [10:57]

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