I'm So Excited! (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Campy and proudly absurd, I'm So Excited! Pedro Almodóvar's return to light comedy isn't quite the successful homecoming that filmgoers might wish for.


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A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots are striving, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to find a solution. The flight attendants and the chief steward are atypical, baroque characters who, in the face of danger, try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution. Life in the clouds … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content including crude references, and drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pedro Almodóvar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2013
Box Office: $1.4M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast


as Benito Morón

as The Bride

as Concierge

as Alba's Mother

as Hostess Piluca

as Passenger

as Ricardo Galán
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Critic Reviews for I'm So Excited!

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32)

Despite the film's playfulness, it's still quite clear that we're in the hands of a master who takes the work seriously, if not the material or his characters.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
ChristyLemire.com
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[This is] Almodóvar for people who assume they can't get Almodóvar otherwise. It's Almodóvar for Target.

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
Grantland
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A mescaline-alcohol-and-panic-fueled orgy of confessional dialogue, sex acts, arguments, confessional monologues, and more sex acts.

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Too broad for the tarmac.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
Newsday
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It's amusing fluff, but from an Oscar-winning dramatist, this return to comedy is a bit of a letdown.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The entertainment factor it delivers is as high and pixilated as it's whacked-out, crazy characters.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

Audience Reviews for I'm So Excited!

½

Almodóvar's pit stop back to his light comedies, but though mildly amusing it lacks in structure and ends up looking exactly like the airplane where the story takes place, drifting aimlessly around and around without knowing where to go.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

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Sex, disco and absurdities. Directorial auteur Pedro Almodóvar makes, somewhat unexpectedly, a detour into comedic airspaces, away from the melancholy of recent opuses and in return to the genre that once marked the foreplay of his long-going career.

Spent on high altitudes, this thematic vacation of his takes us aboard a plane heading for Mexico, confronted by a grave (and potentially fatal) technical failure. In tense wait for a solution, the majority of the passengers are drugged to prevent an outbreak of panic.

Remaining in a more or less conscious state is a colorful group of passengers, along with a flamboyant trio of male flight attendants who - in order to keep the worries at bay - stir up a party 1980's-style. Booze, drugs and a libidinous atmosphere occupies the cabin; spiced up furthermore by a series of deep, personal confessions.

Cameos by old acquaintances like Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, elevates the enjoyment value, even if we're not talking any humor trip in first class here. Also familiar is the kitschy color palette - an aesthetic signature of Almodóvar's - as well as the saturated sex fixation, which we get to experience very visually with some fresh additions to the mile-high club. Not unlike the Spanish answer to Airplane!, but taken to even raunchier heights.

I'm So Excited! reads the English title of the film, snatched from The Pointer Sisters' old megahit. Those words may not be nearest in thought when describing my state of mind during the flight. Air bumps in the merriment can be held accountable for that. But amusing enough to keep the mood agreeable, as well as the eyes away from the emergency exists - absolutely.

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Mike S

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After the Gravity of Broken Embraces (2009) and The Skin I Live In (2011), Pedro Almodóvar has decided to return to comedy, a genre with which he broke in the 1980s. His latest comedy started with Antonio Banderas (León) and Penélope Cruz (Jessi) and when I got excited seeing them, that was it from them! The actual stars of the movie were Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas and Raúl Arévalo. The original Spanish title is Los amantes pasajeros, which has a double meaning of "The fleeting lovers" and "The passenger lovers". The narrative, except the short part with Banderas and Cruz, is set almost entirely on the Airbus plane heading to Mexico, actually to Toledo, after discovering that they are having difficulties.

Almodóvar describes it as "a light, very light comedy" - and that was it, under the master's directing - nothing more, nothing less. If you expect anything else, you will be disappointed! A story about love, sexuality, acceptance, joy, humanity in general, is told through bisexual pilots Benito and Alex, gay stewards Ulloa, Fajardo, and Joserra, and a plane full of bizarre characters. They are all in for the ride that could determine the rest of their lives and they all react the way they feel, they learned or frivolous, but very rarely the way we would expect!

The film was produced by the director's brother, Agustín Almodóvar, and he confirmed that Los amantes pasajeros had been sold in advance worldwide and that these pre-sales have completely funded the film, without any need for any financial contribution from the Spanish market. Which, gave the director a freedom to do most of the things the way he wanted, without worrying about the final cut. But, the result wasn't great as expected. Sometimes, though, we need movies like this... to relax us, to make fun of each other and make fun of others, society in general. If you admire the director, add it to your list, if you don't - skip it.

PantaOz
Panta Oz

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