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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Los Amantes Pasajeros (aka I'm So Excited) (2013)

A flight from Spain to Mexico discovers problems with its landing gear which necessitates an emergency landing. Unfortunately, there is no runway immediately available so they must circle the skies of Spain until a runway can be found. What else to do but drug economy class into a comatose state and entertain first class with booze, drugs and sex? After his darker more serious ventures of the last few years, Pedro Almodovar returns to the zany irreverence of his early films. It's a playful Almodovar light but it proves you can't go home again. As an artist, Almodovar has moved beyond the campy antics of his early comedies and his heart just doesn't seem into it. Which isn't to say the film isn't great fun, it is. But one can't deny this AIRPORT/THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY spoof with its swishing flight attendants, romantic assassins, psychic virgins, bi-sexual pilots, blackmailing dominatrixes and horny honeymooners seems a bit tired even while you're laughing out loud. The talented cast is up for the hijinx however: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Cecilia Roth, Antonio De La Torre, Hugo Silva, Javier Camara and Blanca Suarez.

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