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Soul Plane (2004)

The party is nonstop

Directed by:

Jessy Terrero

Rating: 1/10

Running Time: 92 minutes

US Certificate: R UK Certificate: 18

Country: United States

Some films are so bad that they actually become enjoyable (they’re often the ones involving Steven Seagal). ‘Soul Plane’, on the other hand, is just plain bad. In fact, I’d go even further than that and say it’s detestable. How else can you describe a film that so unashamedly sponges off every crude black stereotype imaginable?

In a plot that would be considered flimsy if used in a rap video, let alone a feature length movie, Kevin Hart plays Nashawn, a loud-mouthed lay-about who’s awarded a ridiculous $100 million in compensation for getting his rear end stuck to an aeroplane toilet seat. He uses his newfound fortune to set up Nashawn Wade Airlines (or NWA for short), who operate by the mantra “We fly, we party, we land.” Unfortunately, things start to go badly wrong when the entire crew (among them Snoop Dogg as the ignorant mushroom-munching Captain Mack) prove themselves incapable of administering a short flight without being side-tracked by drugs, sex, gambling, strippers and appallingly-bad jokes.

It’s the sort of film that would single-handedly set all anti-racism movements back ten years, were it not for the one saving grace that it’s unlikely to be seen by enough people to make any such impact. It portrays all black people as loud, lazy, drug-taking, sex-obsessed, obnoxious, foul-mouthed criminals – and, come to think of it, it doesn’t have much positive to say about white people either (although that’s perhaps a little more excusable, given that the only white family on-board the flight are led by Tom Arnold).

Even disregarding the racist element (which is a tough thing to do, given how relentless the onslaught is), the attempts at comedy are just downright atrocious. As an idea of the sort of level the writing aims at, you’ve got Snoop Dogg saying “Testicles 1,2” instead of “Testing 1, 2”, a dog getting sucked into an engine, and an entire flight-load of passengers cowering in fear when a man in a turban walks in. Awful, just awful.

What really makes me despair is the sheer volume of actors and actresses (some of them fairly high profile) who were apparently happy to degrade themselves by volunteering to be laughed at rather than with, for no reason other than the colour of their skin. It beggars belief that there can be any sort of market for such small-minded garbage.

It's Got: Not a single moment of hilarity. Not even one.

It Needs: An engine failure somewhere over open water.

Alternatives:

Airplane II: The Sequel, Airplane!

Summary

Pray this insufferable exercise in stereotype-perpetration is never shown as your in-flight movie – you might just feel an urge to open all the windows.

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5 Comments

  1. Ducious
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    You know what Gary? You are spot on! I’m actually ashamed to say it’s the worst rubbish I have seen but I have to agree with you. The storyline is so dry and unfavourable I nearly fell asleep. This movie’s portrayal of black people is downright disrespectul. I wonder, could it be an example of satire? I don’t think Terrero has enough brains for that. I think Jessy Terroro should stick to Music Videos and stay far far away from directing movies. Well, that’s my 2 cents.

  2. Ducious
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Wow, 6 years ago. Boy, I should watch more movies. I’m so delayed. Talk about resurrecting the archives.

  3. Mike
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    f_ck you jessy terrero !
    The movie has a one of a kind plot and
    it’s more than funny !

  4. shantha
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    i think that the movie was very good. the plot was great and it made me laugh in a million ways!!!!!!!!!

  5. class of fitness
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    the plot of this movie, is not the problem its “THE CAST” some of them didn’t need to be in the hole flim. and the writers ‘bo zenga & chuck wilson’, missed up the hold point of the flim or was it “MGM”. my point is its not the best flim in the world, but with a better cast & re-writes it could have worked.

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