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 is as complicated as it is at ground level, and for the same reasons, which could be summarized in two: sex and death. (c) Sony Classics
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R (for strong sexual content including crude references, and drug use)
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Comedy
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Cast

Antonio de la Torre
as Alex Acero
Hugo Silva (III)
as Benito Morón
Javier Cámara
as Joserra
Penelope Cruz
as Jessica
Paz Vega
as Alba
Laya Martí
as The Bride
Carmen Machi
as Concierge
Susi Sánchez
as Alba's Mother
Pepa Charro
as Hostess Piluca
Nasser Saleh
as Passenger
Guillermo Toledo
as Ricardo Galán
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Critic Reviews for I'm So Excited!

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (35)

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
Top Critic

[This is] Almodóvar for people who assume they can't get Almodóvar otherwise. It's Almodóvar for Target.

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

A mescaline-alcohol-and-panic-fueled orgy of confessional dialogue, sex acts, arguments, confessional monologues, and more sex acts.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Too broad for the tarmac.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

To throw caution to the winds is one thing, but to jettison control of tone at the same time seems a liberty too far.

Full Review… | July 15, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I'm So Excited!

½

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It's got a few too many pointless digressions that keep the film from being as enjoyable as I hoped, but Almodovar's intentions were clearly to make nothing more than a goofy comedy and I suppose on that level it works. The sequence that no doubt inspired the title is ridiculous in all the right ways.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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.

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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