R (strong sexual content including crude references, drug use); 90 min.
Im So Excited! is a strained, claustrophobic, dated and flat soap opera romp set on a Spanish airliner that is circling Toledo (Spain, not Ohio), burning off fuel and hunting for a runway to make an emergency landing.
Writer-director Pedro Almodovar, famous since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, pours on the sex and inappropriate behavior but can never bring this melodramatic brew to a boil.
The ground crew (Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas) screwed up and now the landing gear doesnt work. So now the entire economy-class cabin is doped on muscle relaxants and the three gayer-than-gay stewards (Javier Camara, Raul Arevalo, Carlos Areces) are drinking and sorting out their love lives. The pilot and co-pilot are sorting out their own sexuality, and the business-class passengers are finally starting to catch on and air their own stories and make calls to lovers and relatives on the intercom phone.
But theres no dramatic tension brought on by impending doom, not even Airplane!-style hysteria. And the odd outrageous hard drinking, drug smuggling, explicit sex or bodily fluid-related moment doesnt add up to anything that makes Im So Excited! take flight.
In Spanish with English subtitles
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Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service