Soul Plane (18)

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Review byMatthew Turner23/08/2004

One out of Five stars
Running time: 86 mins

A remake of Airplane that somehow manages not to include any decent Jokes - this is a painfully unfunny comedy that completely fails to exploit its potential.

Seriously, how is it possible to remake Airplane and not include any jokes? And yet Soul Plane manages just that. It’s so bad that it’ll even make you forgive the Wayans brothers for Scary Movie 2. Okay, maybe not that bad. But bad, nonetheless. If this film was your in-flight movie on a long-haul flight you’d be seriously considering the parachute option.

Lawsuit Leads To New Airline

Kevin Hart plays Nashawn, a young black guy who loses his dog on a flight and wins a $100 million settlement. He uses the cash to start his own airline (NWA airlines) and the movie jumps forward to the inaugural flight of Flight 069. (Do you see what they did there?).

However, Nashawn has a couple of problems: his idiot best friend Muggsy (Method Man) has hired a stoned pilot who’s afraid to fly (Snoop Dogg) and somehow his ex-girlfriend has ended up on the passenger list. And that’s literally all the plot there is.

The worst thing about Soul Plane is the way that it completely fails to exploit its potential. For all its non-stop gags, Airplane at least had characters you cared about and a decent (if obviously clichéd) plot. All Soul Plane has is a bunch of unfunny stereotypes and a whole load of sex jokes and toilet gags. And even those aren’t very funny.

To be fair, there are some nice ideas (Nashawn growing up “near” LAX; the purple Pimp Mobile design of the airplane; the safety video being done as a music video to Destiny’s Child’s I’m a Survivor) but the laughs are few and far between.

It comes to something when Tom Arnold (as a white character named Elvis Hunkee – pronounced ‘Honky’) is in your movie and isn’t even the worst thing in it. In addition, several of the characters have comic potential which isn’t developed – for example, Arnold’s slutty daughter (Arielle Kebelle) or his trashy girlfriend (Missy Pyle).

Repulsive Gags

Some of the gags are truly repulsive – for example a blind man feeling up some mashed potato and thinking he’s getting some action. Mostly, however, they just aren’t funny and fall horribly, horribly flat.

The cast are obviously having a great time, particularly Mo’Nique and Loni Love as a pair of sassy security officers. However, you get the feeling that the film was a lot more fun to make than it is to sit through.

In short, Soul Plane is a disaster movie and not in a good way - watch Airplane again instead. Hell, even Airplane II is a hundred times funnier than Soul Plane. Head for the nearest exit and avoid.

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