Legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is known for his dramatic films full of the darkest of comedy. I mean, who can forget the comedic rape scene in Kika? It’s rare that he tackles a straight-on comedy but that’s exactly what he’s done with I’m So Excited.
Set in an airplane bound for Mexico, it’s disaster from the start. Fully knowing that there’s something wrong, the economy passengers are sedated and the business class flight attendants are left to entertain their guests, who are, understandably, a little concerned. One is a famous actor (Guillermo Toledo) trying to calm a disturbed lover while another is a psychic (Lola Dueñas) who wants to lose her virginity on the flight. And who could forget the infamous dominatrix (Cecilia Roth)? The flight attendants have problems of their own, especially the head attendant (Javier Cámara) who’s having an affair with the (bisexual) pilot (Antonio de la Torre).
I’m So Excited isn’t a huge comedy. The ensemble cast all contribute for many entertaining storylines. It’s got some good jokes and funny scenes but they aren’t necessarily of the laugh out loud variety. A few of the jokes are predictable but they go for them and hold no punches. It’s an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half and surely a must see for Almodóvar fans, but may not with any urgency or priority.