A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that I'm So Excited is an outrageous Spanish-language comedy from director Pedro Almodovar. It centers on the idea that a commercial airplane's technical failure is putting its passengers in danger -- a situation that's played for laughs, with everyone taking advantage of the situation to benefit them: losing their virginity, drugging others so they won't have to deal with their panic, sharing (very) honest opinions, telling absolute truths they've never revealed, and more. It's told in Almodovar's classic madcap, over-the-top, sexually charged way, with plenty of swearing (in Spanish translated into English subtitles), lots of drinking, sexual innuendo, graphic discussions about sexual positions/adventures, and scenes of couples making out fairly aggressively and having simulated sex (no graphic nudity, but erections are shown under clothing).
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What's the story?
Peninsula Flight 2549 is headed to Mexico, but a problem with one of its landing gears has the plane circling above the Spanish city of Toledo, awaiting instructions to get to an open runway, where the pilots hope they can land the plane in one piece. It's a risky plan (many other planes haven't been successful), leaving the crew and passengers in peril. Captain Alex (Antonio de la Torre) is doing his mightiest, but he's distracted by his lover, chief flight attendant Joserra (Javier Cámara), who can't tell a lie even if it means outing Alex, who's still married. Meanwhile, everyone on board -- including a psychic (Lola Dueñas) who's still a virgin and wants no part of it and an actor (Guillermo Toledo) who's tired of breaking hearts -- is struggling with secrets and regrets.
Is it any good?
Pedro Almodovar's whimsy and wit are on full display in this cheeky, irreverent, and outrageous comedy that takes a terrifying premise -- a plane in trouble -- and turns it into a party. I'M SO EXCITED is a planeload of fun, fearless in its attempts to shock and awe, with a brazen sexuality that's unapologetic and refreshing.
That said, it's lightweight compared to the acclaimed director's previous productions (like Volver and All About My Mother). The allusions to political power struggles (by way of a dominatrix) and a failing economy (by way of a financier on the run) add a little spice to the confection, but they don't amount to quite enough heft. Not that they have to. I'm So Excited isn't particularly thrilling, but it's certainly fun to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what happens when people are in the throes of danger. Are the passengers' reactions, though exaggerated, believable?
What is I'm So Excited saying about life and its fleeting moments, and the nature of forgiveness?
How does the movie portray sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on this topic.
- In theaters: June 28, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: January 7, 2014
- Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Angel Silvestre
- Director: Pedro Almodovar
- Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong sexual content including crude references, and drug use