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I'm So Excited

I'm So Excited
Javier Camara, Carlos Areces, Raul Arevalo, Paz Vega and Guillermo Toledo

Rated: R for strong sexual content including crude references, and drug use.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: June 28, 2013 Released by: Sony Pictures Classics

A convivial pastiche that knowingly slides through politics, romance and sex is Pedro Almodovar's breezy, nutty variation on Airplane.

I'm So Excited (in Spanish its Los Amantes Pasajeros) is destined for a certain audience and is hardly first-class though an emergency landing caused by coquettish ground crew members (cameos for Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas of Almodovar's more melodramatic and balanced The Skin I Live In) has these angst-filled passengers front and center.

The filmmaker's soapy storytelling causes some smirking provocation with all kinds of shady entanglements, including scandal, a desperate search, suicidal tendencies. Scene-stealing distraction include Javier Camara, Carlos Areces, and Raul Arevalo as punchy, high-stepping stewards who put a little mescaline in the cocktails for many on Mexico-bound Peninsula Flight 2549.

In this broadly rendered economical approach that recalls the director's earlier outings in the days of Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down with wacky, florid flourish reflected in the rich pastels of the lensing and zippy mariachi sounds, he touches on the mind and carnal dedicated to nuance while subverting stereotypes. All in some cheap-looking, tacky sets designed to embrace the goofiness interwoven with a certain small-screen finesse.

As tensions mount amid the amorous, nutty, and lascivious, some may find amusement through the likes of a girlfriend (Paz Vega) distancing her boyfriend Richard (Guillermo Toledo). An Almodovar regular Cecilia Roth can delight as a well-known dominatrix, while Jose Luis Torrijo, Miguel Angel Silvestre, and Maria Yazpik have their moments in expressing characters with lighter and darker tinglings. As well as some lip-syncing through the retro eponymous Pointer Sisters tune with reconsideration and eye-rolling interaction tetchy and lurid enough still not that overwrought from its many romantic and slapstick inklings.

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