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PCR # 218  (Vol. 5, No. 22)  This edition is for the week of May 24--30, 2004.

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Movie Review
"Soul Plane"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

Two stars

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Starring: Tom Arnold, Kevin Hart, Method Man, Snoop Dogg and John Witherspoon
Directed by: Jessy Terrero
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hour 35 mins

Back in 1980, the movie "Airplane" introduced us to the non-stop parody film. Packed with jokes and sight gags, the film assaulted your funny bone from all sides. If you missed one gag, don't worry, another one was right around the corner. Almost a quarter century later, the genre has come full circle with the release of "Soul Plane."

A mishap on a turbulent flight leads to a successful lawsuit from one of the passengers (Hart). He vows to take the money he's awarded and start his own airline. And he does. Among the passengers on the maiden flight are Mr. Elvis Hunkey (Arnold) and his family, who seems oblivious to the fact they are the only white people on board. Witherspoon is his usual hilarious self as a blind passenger who does his best to flirt with anyone in a skirt. While many of the jokes are hit and miss, the cast does it's best with the material they're given. The obvious differences between high class and low class (one serves champagne and filet mignon, the other malt liquor and chicken from Popeyes) are pretty funny and Snoop Dogg, good in this year's "Starsky and Hutch," is equally funny here as the pilot who's afraid of heights. If the script was half as good as the actors the film could have been much funnier. When your attempts at humor keep revolving around a stereotypical gay male flight attendant a little voice should tell you you're in serious trouble comically. Surely Leslie Nielsen was available. Sorry. Didn't mean to call you Shirley.

A hit and miss film that misses more then it should, on a scale of zero to four stars I give "Soul Plane"  Two stars

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