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I'm So Excited! (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 60

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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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 16

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

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Comedy

Sep 3, 2013

$1.4M

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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (60)

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.

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

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

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Too broad for the tarmac.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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To throw caution to the winds is one thing, but to jettison control of tone at the same time seems a liberty too far.

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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The entertainment factor it delivers is as high and pixilated as it's whacked-out, crazy characters.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

For a light and naughty festival opener, I'm So Excited! got the job done. The audience saw something kind of sophisticated but didn't experience any real turbulence. Or excitement.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

"I'm so Excited" shows Pedro Almodovar at his frothiest: shaking sex and death into a humorous cocktail aboard a plane in peril.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies
Yahoo! Movies

Think Flying High with a gay cabin crew and no laughs...The story has most of the plane's passengers rendered unconscious, presumably by showing I'm So Excited as the in-flight movie.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

For a cinematic icon to get it so wrong, one has to assume it is deliberate; something to play with

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Despite an over-weighted gay theme, there's a lot to like in this colourful Almodóvar blast of joie de vivre, as secrets are revealed, desires unleashed and the complexities of relationships are exposed

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The setting acts as a bland backdrop without substance or thought. Worst of all, the dialogue feels horribly contrived, even lazy. A misguided misfire.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

Disengaged silly spoof of those '70s disaster movies.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a sometimes pleasing, and often unsettling movie, proof that Almodovar still has a playful side, but let's hope he goes back to work soon.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This isn't just camp, it's existential camp -- or, more precisely, an acknowledgment that the camp impulse is one way of dealing with the absurdity of life. 'We're flying around aimlessly,' a man says, 'and we don't know where or how we're going to land.'

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Daring though it is, it follows the same trajectory as the wounded plane aboard which the film is set. That is, it circles and circles but never really goes anywhere.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

The film is a broad, absurd parody that plays like a gay-cabaret send-up of "The High and the Mighty."

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Pedro Almodóvar crammed actors he's worked with over the years into a movie so wacky it defies analysis.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

It's farcical, but not funny; sexualized but not sexy.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: AspectRatio.us
AspectRatio.us

...an interesting diversion for Almodovar completists, yet hardly explains why he's so revered. It's a throwaway, a bawdy, tasteless lark from someone who should've gotten this stuff out of his system by now. Judging by these results, he did.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Even though I'm So Excited! doesn't soar, the film is a fun flight.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's like a very horny, very gay parody of airplane-disaster movies ... without the laughs. I'm So Excited! neither lives up to its name nor its exclamation point.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for I'm So Excited!

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.
October 24, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

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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July 8, 2013
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If Volver was a little too art-house, Broken embraces a little too emotional and The Skin I live in just that little too odd for you and you crave the old days of Dark Habits, Matador and Tie me up! Tie me down!, Well then good news Pedro Almodóvar fans, he's back to his raunchy, over the top unashamedly camp self! Not that he has ever stopped being any of those things, but here in I'm so excited it really does feel like he's gone back in time and made a film like the ones he made that made us fall in love with him the first time round. I'm so excited mixes every genres under the sun and almost feels like a tribute to the elaborate, ridiculous but always fabulous Soup Operas that I guess Spain has managed to continue, where other countries seem to have forgotten. It's everything you could want from a lighthearted and outrageous Almodóvar film. An absolute pleasure for an old fan like me.
May 13, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

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.
August 14, 2013
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