With a title like "I'm So Excited!" (even with an exclamation point) and directed by the brave and colorful Spanish filmmaker Pedro AlmodÃ³var ("Tie Me Up! Time Me Down!", "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"), you would think this effervescent comedy would be more joyous and playful.
But the director's latest flight of fancy, about a plane full of passengers awaiting their fate on an emergency landing, falls with a thud. It's a mishmash of small tales and lewd encounters between passengers and the practically all-gay flight crew as they wait to land with faulty landing gear.
Even with a sexy finale, a good ensemble cast and a Pointer Sisters song-and-dance interlude, AlmodÃ³var still can't keep the comedy and drama scintillating or interesting.
'I'm So Excited!'
Opens Friday, Aug. 2, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for strong sexual content including crude references, and drug use; in Spanish with subtitles; 90 minutes.