That musical performance for passengers is one of the screwball highlights of the movie.
There's plenty of frank and enthusiastic talk about sex during this flight from Madrid.
There's plenty of frank and enthusiastic sex performed during this flight from Madrid.
Written and directed by the acclaimed and constantly surprising Spanish filmmaker, I'm So Excited! seems to be a modern comedy based on a piece of medieval literature or a mythological epic poem. A band of travelers is on a journey to a city where each feels a secret dream will come true or safety will be found. The travelers are not honest with each other, nor are they honest with themselves. A group of guides helping them along their journey fixes a magic elixir that each traveler drinks. Secrets are revealed. Passions are released. Errors are admitted. There is some danger on the trip. See what I mean? There's a bit of The Decameron vibe about it. But here, the magic elixir is a special cocktail fixed by the stewards working in business class. The danger...there's a mechanical problem with the plane that affects the flight from Madrid to Mexico City.
At its heart, this is an in-flight movie about not keeping secrets and being honest -- especially with yourself. It's hard to keep a secret on this flight. Due to the technical problems, every phone conversation can be heard over the public address system.
Let's say that you're a young actor whose agent or manager contacts you with the news that you have an audition for a new screwball comedy in a couple of weeks. You're told that the director's project was influenced by the classic 1930s films Easy Living, The Women and A Night at the Opera. You would have to rent and watch those movies (if you'd not already seen them) as part of your homework. Hollywood comedies from the 1930s, such as those, had a certain rhythm and style of comedy -- not just in physical action but in vocal delivery. You would not get a callback for a second audition if you gave the casting people Knocked Up, Bridesmaids or even Airplane! when they're looking for Easy Living, The Women and A Night at the Opera.
Trust me on this. I've spoken to casting directors in New York City who expressed frustration at young actors not having done such homework with classic films to prepare for auditions.
I saw I'm So Excited! recently at a midday screening as the guest of a dear friend. It was shown one afternoon when Manhattan got hit with a major rainstorm. Thunder included. I was in New York City for a few days of intense job-hunting and a few meetings. I was partially soggy as we entered the screening room but very happy to be with her and out of the rain. I was up for a few laughs. I think Thelma Adams and I got more of a kick out of Almodóvar's campy humor than several others in the private screening room did. We giggled a lot and enjoyed its Spanish flavor.
Secrets. Honesty. Passion. And a hot cockpit. I'm So Excited!