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Soul Plane is a Black Comedy that was released in 2004 that brought me alot of laughs and thrills.
Kevin Hart as Nashawn Wade
Tom Arnold as Elvis Hunkee
Method Man as Muggsy
Snoop Dogg as Captain Mack
K. D. Aubert as Giselle
Godfrey as Leslie Gaemon
Brian Hooks as D.J.
D. L. Hughley as Johnny
Arielle Kebbel as Heather Hunkee
Loni Love as Shaniece
Mo'Nique as Jamiqua
Sofía Vergara as Blanca
Missi Pyle as Barbara Hunkee
Sommore as Cherry
Ryan Pinkston as Billy Hunkee
Gary Anthony Williams as Flame
John Witherspoon as Blind Man
Angell Conwell as Tamika
------------------Plot & My Thoughts-------------
Nashawn Wade gets his ass stuck in an airplane toilet and his dog gets sucked through the engine he sues the company and receives 100 million dollars. After receiving the money he decides to start his own airline. He calls the the airline Nashawn Wade Airlines for short N.W.A which is sort of a reference to the rap group of the same name. The airline he starts up is aimed at African American and everything about it is for the comfort of them. An example is calling the terminal Malcolm X which has a basketball court etc Also having a hip hop club on board and all black staff. The movie follows Nashawn on his first flight as an airline owner and is filled with many disasters including not having a qualified or trained pilot. The movie also contains some love elements with his x girlfriend coming back engaged on his flight.
In all honesty the plot for this movie is quite weak and apart from his starting an airline and trying to get through his first flight safety there isn't really much else. The movie is really like a big party on a bunch of laughs on a plane really. The movie contains lots of comedy but it is all quite stereotypical but still managed to get me to laugh.
On the plane it is prominently black passengers so when a white family come aboard along with an Asian man they are portrayed very stereotypical to each race. The white family are clean cut and look like they have money. The Asian man is portrayed to look like a terrorist with a turban and a big suitcase. The funny thing about this is not the way they are portrayed when they first board the plane but the way they transform throughout the flight. The white family turn all ghetto and the son starts to rap, the wife starts flirty with all the black men, the daughter goes to the club starts dancing and turns more ghetto and street and the dad just stays the same and is almost baffled about how much his family have go wild on the flight(in a funny way).
The other thing I found a little stereotypical about the movie was that the sections on the plane where clearly divided unlike a real plane. The lower class was really lower class and had no TV's or even proper food. They served bargain buckets of chicken and where told to take one piece and pass it on. I found it quite funny to be fair because I could just imagine if there was a real ghetto plain this is how it would be lol. In first class it was top quality and with high class people and it could clearly be defined that it is first class. On top of that there was only about 10 people in first class whereas on a real plane there is a whole lot more. My guess is that the stereotypical fact to this first class was that not alot of black people make it out of the ghetto and are able to afford first class which is abit stereotypical and not so much true these days.
The whole movie is really based around stereotypes but that is really what made most of the movie funny. I do think that some of the things they did may come along a little offensive to races which is not really good.
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The cast has some of the best black actors out there for comedy such as Mo'nique and John Witherspoon they are truly funny as usual in this movie. John plays a Blind man and if you ask me he looks anything from blind in this movie. It's funny how they have made him blind and yet all his hands ever seem to find are womens private body parts. The way his role was portrayed was as if he was pretending to be blind which was quite funny.
The setting being on a plane was quite different because although there have been a few movies on planes not this sort of movie has been done on a plane before not that I know of. I think that along with the setting the costumes used for this movie where quite good. I like the way they spiced thing up for the airline workers and made them all look hot because it adds to the sort of movie it is.
Overall I think this movie was quite funny and I enjoyed it but I must say it's not for everyone. I didn't like some of the stereotypical aspects of the movie because they can come across a little offensive if taken out of context.
The movie struggled to break even at the box office when it was released but my theory for this is the people that it's aimed at are probably not likely to go cinema and watch it and would prefer to download it because it's mainly people from the ghetto or on lower incomes that would have been appealed to this when it was released.
"I was asked at premiere's to sign bootleg copies of the movie" quoted by Kevin Hart who stars in the more as Nashawn
I recommend this movie for those who like urban/rap/ghetto comedies because this gave me a few laughs.
Totally stupid yet hilarious film starring Snoop Dogg. I am surprised to see that previous reviewers of this film have scored it so low!
I went through a phase of watching this dvd everyday for around three months!
The film is about a man who has nothing to uses the toilet on an airplane and gets stuck on it when he flushes it. A steward then releases a switch which they think is to release him but instead it releases a hatch on the plane and the mans dog falls out and is sucked into the engine.
A court place then takes place and the man wins a very large amount of money. With this money he decides to launch his own airline. The airline has a "lower class" on it which is like riding a busy subway train and you have to put money in to use the overhead lockers.
The planes captain (Snoop Dogg) passes out after a drug overdose and the plane (complete with spinning alloys) ends up landing in Central Park!
A large amount of names in this film include Tom Arnold, Kevin Hart, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Mo'Nique and Ryan Pinkston.
This is one film that never should have been made, how did any film exec think that trying to redo the classic film Airplane and rename it Soul Plane was ever going to be funny.
Made in 2004 this is a bad comedy. Kevin Hart stars as Dakwon who after has a horror incident on a flight and gets a huge amount of compensation from the airline and he decides to use the money to set up his own airline and to make it the first all black airline called NWA. He pimps out the airline with sexy air flight attendants and a dance club theme,
However the first flight does not go well when a white family are given seats on the plane and a number of mishaps take place. This film is just not funny and it is very ill conceived. It uses stereotypes to try and get some humour and falls wide of the mark to the extent that it becomes rather boring and predictable.
Tom Arnold also appears in the film and he is probably the only one to come out of it with any credit as his performance was solid but he was a little under used in my opinion, rappers Snoop Dog and Method Man also appear and look out of their depth. Kevin Hart turns in a strange performance and he lacks any real prescence in the film which is strange considering on paper he has the lead role.
Not a lot to recommend this film, the first quarter of an hour is ok but after that the joke begins to wear thin and only the most adolescent movie fan would enjoy this.
I've had this on DVD for a while now, although I've never really got round to it. I'm a bit crook today, and off ill from work, so I curled up on the sofa and popped it on, hoping that what seemed like a bit of a comedy would cheer me up somewhat. It was billed as a 'black' parody of spoof film Airplane, which I love, so I was looking forward to it.
The film starts off well enough, going through the intro quite fast so as to not bore us, while giving us a decent plot base to start from. When Nashawn Wade wins 100 million dollars in a lawsuit compensation for an airline killing his dog, he decides to invest the money by creating his own airline: what we get to see for the rest of the film is the first flight of Neshawn Wade Airlines (NWA). The film then proceeds to take nearly every black stereotype and poke fun at it in making the airline and the plane conform to these stereotype. These from the security women at the 'customs' desk having loud and rude conversations about what they would do in Denzel walked in, and thus letting any manner of people going through; right up to Snoop Dogg as Captain Mack, piloting the plane and eating 'special' mushrooms he finds. Oh, and did I mention the pilot has vertigo and has only ever been in a simulator before?!!
Elements of it are funny, especially where the actions are concerned. Wade is played by Kevin Hart, who does okay but is kind of like an intensely annoying, shorter and less funny version of Chris Tucker. Wade's cousin, Muggzy, is played by Method Man, who should stick to being good at music. Let's leave it at that. Tom Arnold usually gets his teeth stuck into a role, no matter how poor the film seems, but he just doesn't get a chance here as the father of a token white family who get transferred to the 'Soul Plane' at the last minute following a flight cancellation.
The film just plods along giving us average joke after average joke. There are some funny moments, and it's not altogether a disaster, but the basic premise had a lot more potential than was realised by the director and script writers. The DVD copy I have contains no extras, nor would I really want to see any. It passed the time, but it did nothing for making me feel better: it didn't really make me laugh, I wasn't fussed about pausing it if I went out of the room for something, and I won't bother with watching it again.
It would seem in recent years that Hollywood has had an obsession with recreating old films with a modern spin. The films that spring instantly to mind are the likes of The Italian Job and Alfie but there is one in particular that slipped by. Some, including myself, would say this was for the best, but despite the dodgy sound of the idea I still decided to see Soul Plane. It's a remake of the classic movie Airplane and although the concept sounded truly dire I still thought I'd give it a try and see just how bad it was.
When Dakwon (Kevin Hart) wins $600 million in compensation after almost being sucked out of an airplane bathroom he decides open the first all black airline, NWA. It starts as a method to win his girlfriend Giselle back, but the first flight doesn't go according to plan. When a White family are given last minute seats on the flight it sparks a series of events meant to amuse the viewer and entertain all that are watching. With a cast that includes Snoop Dogg, Method Man and Tom Arnold it seems that there is a possibility for entertainment, it just seems to have been missed by a mile.
The film itself could have been quite a good idea, if handled in the right way. Instead however Soul Plane seems to take every single Black stereo type and make an hour and a half drawn out joke about them. To start with it does seem slightly funny, but after 20 minutes of the same jokes it just becomes tedious. With the right director and script writers this could have been a decent film but instead the combination of a virtually unknown director and rather inexperienced script writers it all goes horribly array.
Soul Plane is infact Jessy Terrero's second movie after a pretty mediocre debut, which went straight to video and a couple of music videos for 50 Cent. On the whole his direction seemed incredibly shoddy. From strange and bizarre camera angles to a plot that seemed to be lacking even a basic storyline, this film was doomed for failure. It is a film that shouldn't be taken seriously but even when you totally switch off from any form of concentration the movie still seems to rely on a couple of jokes repeated numerous times. In fact a couple of them are used so many times that it's almost offensive.
The special effects are quite interesting and in places the only real plus point. The hydraulics on the plane is amusing, but from there it quickly ebbs away into nothingness. The plot doesn't seem to be going anywhere and that makes it almost a chore to watch. In fact for large parts I found myself trying to think of other things to do rather than watch anymore. As a fan of the airplane movies I would say that rather than a revival of that type of film, this is one of the final nails in its coffin. To save this type of film something needs to be done soon otherwise the Spoof will cease to be amusing and some very good films will be forgotten or never made.
I felt that on paper the casting was pretty good. Tom Arnold has a number of funny films to his name, while Snoop Dogg seems to be making a name for himself as an actor. On paper it looks quite promising but both are let down by terrible characters. The fell of Arnold's character, Mr Hunkee, suggests that he may have been perfect for the role, the biggest problem however being that the character isn't used in the right way and a lot of opportunities for decent, quality jokes certainly went by the wayside.
Likewise I felt that Snoop Dogg's character was made far too stereotypical and there was a lot of further mileage to be had there. Both actors performed well but with the roles they were given there was only so much they could do. The main star of the film is meant to be Kevin Hart, but I found his character disappeared into the back ground far too easily and whether it was down to Hart's acting or the script but his character really didn't seem the right man to front the movie.
Overall I was incredibly disappointed with Soul Plane. Based on what I feel is one of the best Parodies of all time and staring the likes of Arnold and Snoop Dogg I felt this could have been so much better. It isn't meant to be taken seriously but the overuse of a number of the jokes just makes it monotonous and a real chore to watch. As much as I love films that are so bad they are quite funny this one certainly doesn't fit the bill on one count of the two. It certainly is bad, it just isn't funny. One I would thoroughly recommend that everyone avoids like the plague.
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