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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 Chris Parry

"The movie that actually had me laughing with Tom Arnold... f'real."
3 stars

Here's a movie that, from the very premise, tells you it's not to be taken seriously in any way, shape or form. Consider it the urban version of Airplane! - not quite as funny, not quite as original, not quite as good... but be damned if I didn't laugh out loud a more often watching this film than I have for some time. Yes, you heard right - I enjoyed this shizzle.

Nashawn (Kevin Hart) is flying on a big conglomerate airline, taking a quiet moment in the john, when a series of events combine to kill his dog and get his backside vacu-sucked down into the toilet. He sues, wins $100m and decides that his best course of action would be to start his own airline; one dedicated to the African American traveler. That airline would be called NWA, and would feature a 'pimp purple' plane with spinners on the wheels, bouncing hydraulics, a casino, strip bar, jacuzzi and even an attendant in the toilet cubicle.

Being as this is an 'urban comedy', you know things are going to go a little less than smooth, yo. But what you might not expect is that some of this is seriously funny stuff.

Of course, some of it isn't. In fact, a large portion of it isn't. In fact, some of it is very ho-hum. But that's okay, because there's never any pretense towards Soul Plane being anything more than a throwaway good time, so if the joke before you isn't quite your 'flava', the next one will be along any minute now.

For example, you have Captain Mack (Snoop Dogg), the weed-smoking pilot who is afraid of heights. Uh-huh, not exactly busting out the big guffaws there, but behind him are the Honky's - daddy Elvis (Tom Arnold), a slutty mom-to-be, a slutty recently legal daughter, and a little dude in thick glasses who has decided to become a homeboy. As mom sneaks a peek at the centerfold in Black and Proud, the in-flight magazine, dad takes a look over her shoulder and says "My God, that thing has a face on it!". Mom duly looks across the aisle at the model himself and replies, "Actually, it doesn't... but it's going to."

The film is full of jokes about black folks that a white filmmaker couldn't get away with, which gives the film a little edge that it might not otherwise have had if it were just another Leslie Nielsen movie. For example, when the young Honky kid walks onto the plane and notices all the black guys around, he says, "Man. What kind of UPN operation is this?" Similarly, when the drinks cart is due to go around, the gay black flight attendant wonders to himself as he jams a funnel into an empty Moet bottle, "How much malt liquor and Mountain Dew do I have to mix to make champagne... hmm, I guess about half and half.."

Sure, we're not pushing the boundaries of social commentary here, but if you can get past the feeling that Orson Welles is doing somersaults in his grave, you might actually laugh pretty hard at some of this. Unfortunately, just as happens with most ensemble sketch comedies like this, it tends to fall away a little when storyline gets involved. In fact, after a few hilarious early sequences involving some loud and proud BBW security ladies, which honestly had me peeing my pants in laughter (well, not honestly), the film never really comes close to matching the same level of humor, as it slowly moves on a downward path towards the point where you say "okay, they ran out of material here."

An ongoing sub-plot involving a blind guy who thinks he's a playa never really amounts to much more than minor smiles and some finger banging of a plate of mashed potatoes, and an African co-pilot who feels put out that he can't be captain is minor filler that would have been best replaced with something more involving. The romantic subplot that the lead goes through from time to time doesn't help push things along any, and daughter Honky's foray into womanhood with a rom full of lage black men doesn't result in nearly the number of laughs that it could have. But hey, it's a stupid comedy. To overanalyze it would be to spend too much effort saying "you'll laugh more here than here," when all that anyone who buys a ticket to this film is likely to need to know is the answer to one question; is there some funny shit in this?

The answer is yes.

Bottom line is, you'll laugh at Soul Plane. And sometimes, you might even laugh with it. This is a film that will make money, and you can bet there will be a sequel. Raise the roof.

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originally posted: 05/27/04 06:27:03
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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
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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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