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Overall Rating
2.6

Awesome: 18%
Worth A Look: 6%
Average: 28%
Pretty Bad: 14%
Total Crap34%

3 reviews, 32 user ratings


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Soul Plane
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by Scott Weinberg

"Yeah, it's disposable junk. But it's frequently funny junk, too."
2 stars

Does a movie become recommendable just because it's "not nearly as awful as I expected it to be"? I'd say probably not, but the bottom line is this: if you laughed at the trailers for "Soul Plane", or if you were in any way actively looking forward to the movie, odds are it'll show you a good time. It's by no means a unique or brilliant comedy, but the yuks are there. I only got 5 or 6, but the fans of this material will undoubtedly find more.

First off, forget all those Airplane! comparisons. Airplane! is a brilliantly crafted and multi-layered parody of legendary proportions. It's a satire. It mocks convention.

Soul Plane does not mock convention. It, as a matter of fact, IS conventional comedy fare. It just happens to be a comedy that's set almost exclusively on an airplane.

The plot sees an affable young goofball who earns a huge cash settlement following a humiliating assault in an airliner lavatory. Logically, the guy opens his very OWN airline, one that caters to an almost exclusively black clientele and aims to put the fun back into flying. I mean... it's not every airline that offers a casino, a disco and a cockfight. All I usually get is a bag of nuts.

Alternately poking fun at and adhering to the myriad African-American stereotypes, Soul Plane swings far and wide with the comedy schtick. Many of the gags earn response through simple shock valie; (very) few display some actual wit. On the plus side, the simplistic material is delivered by a surprisingly colorful cast. Snoop Dogg seems to be settling into a mild groove with his comedic turns (between this and his Starsky and Hutch performance, the guy's having himself a good year), and against all odds - Tom Arnold earns some solid chuckles. Last time this guy made me laugh (on purpose) was in True Lies, but he snags a few jolly punchlines as Soul Plane's requisite Whitey.

There's very little within "Soul Plane" that you haven't seen elsewhere (and funnier), but there's a likeable vulgarity and raunchy enthusiasm that carries the flick through the (rather frequent) moments of familiarity and tedium.

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originally posted: 05/28/04 14:23:06
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User Comments

6/04/17 FireWithFire Soulless-Talentless-Black-Racist-Shit-on-Whitey, Plane 1 stars
2/18/10 Jeff Wilder This movie would've fit perfectly in that montage at the end of Spike Lee's Bamboozled. 1 stars
11/09/07 JT Laughed my ass off 5 stars
8/15/06 Maroone The hell with critics. They don't know about comedy. 5 stars
4/26/06 A'Da Johnson I think this movie is very good and funny!!! 5 stars
3/06/06 Hank White Jesus wept!!!!!!!! Our (black folks) S.A.T.'s can't be that low!!! 1 stars
10/20/05 Wisamane Wow hollywood isnt even trying any more eh... HORRIBLE HORRIBLE MOVIE Waste of $$$ 1 stars
10/15/05 tony nope 1 stars
6/20/05 R i like the part where they make racial jokes! 1 stars
11/23/04 monev~> this movie pwns all yu lil kiddies that sit and make movie reviews for a living 5 stars
11/11/04 luke hirons brilliant on par with airplane 5 stars
10/19/04 joshua williams i think that it was very hillarious 5 stars
10/01/04 da boy it was aight 4 stars
9/26/04 Sean The movie was quite racist. This coming from a black guy. 1 stars
8/30/04 fahim ahmed the movie sucks and totally unrealistic 2 stars
7/08/04 wildcarde1 man anyone who likes this obviously didnt pay for it 1 stars
7/04/04 Kaleigh This has got to be the dumbest movie ever. 1 stars
6/25/04 Gray what Don said 1 stars
6/23/04 Dean T This garbage was embarrasing 1 stars
6/22/04 Joshua Zuniga A good movie 5 stars
6/15/04 blade this movie is the best of al time 5 stars
6/09/04 Jenny from Da Block It beat my gigli ass 1 stars
6/04/04 WendyWashington it was the boom 5 stars
6/02/04 Obi Wan (mum) I want my money back and I didn't even pay for it. 1 stars
6/01/04 Beatrice Worse movie I have ever seen so far in my 35 years of living. 1 stars
5/31/04 Hilarium Really, I laughed a lot. 4 stars
5/31/04 reenum It's not an Oscar winner, but it does have some good moments. 3 stars
5/30/04 Art It's crass, hilarious & worth watching! Mo'nique is 25% of the movie. 4 stars
5/29/04 Wolf LMAO. Consistently funny, but ending could have used some work. 3 stars
5/29/04 Jerry "Dog" Gerovac Black People--insulted, White--insulted--"0" stars. 1 stars
5/28/04 Good Burger I hope the sequel has them crash into a building 1 stars
5/27/04 Idiot's Mouth you must be kidding. this was a slap in the face of black people everywhere! SHAME!! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  28-May-2004 (R)
  DVD: 07-Sep-2004

UK
  N/A

Australia
  18-Nov-2004


Directed by
  Jessy Terrero

Written by
  Chuck Wilson
  Bo Zenga

Cast
  Kevin Hart
  Tom Arnold
  Snoop Dogg
  Method Man
  K.D. Aubert
  Mo'Nique



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