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Soul Plane (2004)

DVD Cover (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Mile-High Edition)
Genres:
Comedy, Slapstick, Urban Comedy
Director:
Jessy Terrero Jessy Terrero
Starring:
Tom Arnold Tom Arnold
Kevin Hart Kevin Hart
Method Man Method Man
Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg
K.D. Aubert K.D. Aubert

4.6 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: July 06, 2004
Nashawn Wade is involved in a toilet accident while traveling via one of the big-name airlines, and sues the company for six hundred million dollars. He decides to make his own airline company with this money, one that caters to the black market. There's the first-class and low-class seating arrangements, the fried chicken and forties dinners, even a strip-club in business class... everything you'd expect from an airline that was started by a ghetto kid. Since this is an airline for black folks, Nashawn obviously wanted a black pilot. There's only two available, and one was already taken by P. Diddy; so Nashawn is forced to accept Mack, a non-experienced pot-head, as his pilot. Then there's the appropriately-named Hunkee family, the only white people on board, who go through all sorts of dilemmas while traveling with the black folks. Meanwhile, Nashawn meets up with Giselle, the lady with which he had a relationship with back in the day, and he now wants to restart all that up. Things go as could be expected from this crazy mixture, until the death of Captain Mack causes mass chaos on the plane...

The storyline to this movie was pretty silly, and at times, downright bad. It seems like the script was made up as they went; subplots were dropped with no explanation, things were constantly starting and never finishing, and some good characters were horribly underused. I wasn't expecting much on that side of things before viewing this movie, but even with the low expectations I had, I was shocked at how bad things were. This is the first movie by director Jessy Terrero, who up until here had been a music video director... you can definitely tell, as he seemed to have the attention span of a goldfish. With all that aside though, this was a hilarious movie. The jokes and visual gags kept going nonstop, and there was very little slowdown on them from start to finish. A lot of comedies suffer from starting out funny and then trying to get serious with the silly subplots, but that definitely wasn't the case here. The subplots found here (even the unfinished ones) were handled very nicely from start to finish, keeping the laughs going from beginning to end.

The cast was great in their roles, though the main characters didn't seem to get the amount of time that a starring role would warrant. There's a lot of cameos in this film, so many that I ended up losing count. There's Karl Malone, Ying Yang Twins, Lil' Jon, and a large slew of others that I probably didn't recognize. The main cast, when they weren't giving up time to the next rapper / celebrity who had decided to make a cameo, did well for the most part, though. There was Nashawn (Kevin Hart), who despite seeming like the most important character to the movie, didn't get a huge chunk of time. When he did get his scenes though, he was so-so... nothing great, nothing too bad. Muggsy (Method Man), Nashawn's cousin, was great as the overly ghetto-gangsta thug; plenty of hilarious lines came straight from him. Captain Mack (Snoop Dogg) was played out in the typical pot-head role that Snoop usually plays, and while it's gotten pretty old by now, it still came off funny enough. Finally, there's the Hunkee family; father Elvis (Tom Arnold), his girlfriend Barbara (Missi Pyle), daughter Heather (Arielle Kebbel), and son Billy (Ryan Pinkston). Tom Arnold comes off great in the role of the overly-white guy trying to act black, while Missi Pyle disappears from the movie with only a brief mention after the films intro. The last scene she was in, however, was one of the better ones from the movie, so I'd suppose she did fine in her brief moments. Arielle Kebbel, looking like a Britney Spears twin, was pretty boring in her scenes as the just-turned-eighteen-and-wanting-to-get-fucked slut. Save for the scene in the airport lobby regarding what she's going to do in a few hours, she killed every scene she appeared in. Finally, there's Ryan Pinkston as little Billy, the overly-white-turning-into-a-wigger kid. Surprisingly, he made for some of the better scenes in the movie, as almost every one of his scenes was golden.

Overall, worth the viewing if you want some great lines and jokes, but if you need even a slight storyline to go along with your comedy, stay away from this one, as that part of the package was horridly messy throughout. Might be worth viewing when it hits one of the movie channels, though it'd be cut to shreds on any of the basic-cable channels. 6/10.
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Big D #1: Big D - added 08/21/2004, 06:29 PM
I'm not staying away from this movie...I didn't anyway. It's a funny storyline.
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 12/19/2004, 08:25 PM
i love the take off scene
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