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Soul Plane
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Oct 17, 2004 By: Johnny Moreno
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Director:
Jessy Terrero

Actors:
Snoop Dogg
Tom Arnold
Kevin Hart

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A black dude gets his ass stuck in an airplane’s toilet mid-flight, sues the airline and is awarded $100 million, which he uses to create the first black owned airline.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
What initially turned me off about this movie was the fact that everyone was calling it a “black version of AIRPLANE” before its release. Really, there’s no way you can compete with the comedy of the Zucker Brothers, let alone the pinnacle of their funny-ness, IMO, AIRPLANE. With jokes stacked upon jokes stacked upon jokes, AIRPLANE could induce convulsions of laughter to the point of tears, so to try to compare or live up to something like that is defeating before even trying.

Despite the really bad and obvious stereotypical jokes (some of which are funny and new), SOUL PLANE managed to keep me laughing enough not to turn it off midway through. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it's no AIRPLANE and not even good substitute for it. Some of the visual gags I thought were pretty funny was the basketball court and Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in the airport terminal, the “subway train” feel of the “low class” section of the plane complete with hanging bars, posters of Colt .45 and the Popeye’s Fried Chicken and Alize (Cognac) they served for the in-flight meal. Not exactly doubled over in pain funny, but still funny nonetheless
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Tom Arnold, Kevin Hart, Gary Anthony Williams, Godfrey and director Jessy Terrero: No bullshit, I actually found the commentary more engaging and funny than the movie itself. Everyone constantly berates each other for the entire flick. With no dead air or long gaps, the commentary actually reminded me of a View Askew commentary, with everyone taking jabs at each other like old friends. You get the feeling that making the movie was a blast, which is evident in the behind the scenes featurette.

Boarding Pass: 'Making Of' featurette: Your standard “making of” featurette. Cast and Crew talk about the process and working with each other.

The Upgrade: Another featurette that focuses on working with director Jessy Terroro, whose prior occupation was that of a music video director. Apparently he’s a good guy to work with.

Deleted Scenes: Not missing much here, other than an extended scene with Tom Arnold and the somehow underused D.L Hughley. The scene would’ve been a lot funnier if they kept this in.

Outtakes: Everyone flubs their lines and laughs. I like “outtake” features so this was pretty funny.

Survivor Safety Video: Here’s the “safety video” that was shown for the passengers during the movie (the “low class” section views it on an old black and white TV). Basically, the three flight attendants sing Destiny’s Child “Survivor” and detail what to do in emergencies. Gary Anthony Williams (Smart Brother from Undercover Brother) as the gay flight attendant “Flame” is downright hilarious.

We also get a Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery and Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I don’t even know if the DVD Clinic would recommend a rental for this. You get jokes you can see coming from a mile away, a dumb storyline and stereotypes up the wazoo. There is, however, plenty of skin and pretty funny performances by Tom Arnold, Snoop Dogg and Gary Anthony Williams. Still, this half assed funny movie makes you long for Friday, Undercover Brother, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, and Hollywood Shuffle.
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