Apparently, you can tell a lot about a race by the way they fly. ”Airplane!” taught us that much 24 years ago, when Barbara Billingsley helpfully translated a black passenger’s ”jive” into English. Now THERE was a race joke – so transgressively silly, it ascended into the comic absurd-o-sphere. The makers of Soul Plane figured they’d simply reverse the racial polarity and pack a whole movie full of similar material – just not as funny. Basic, brazen, and scatologically obsessed, ”Plane” forgoes any analysis of its essentialist japery, marveling instead at its own familiar naughtiness. The best gags – and the cheapest – involve the aircraft itself, a pimped-out microcosm of black stereotypes, from its Escalade-sleek First Class cabin to ”Low Class,” a flying tenement lined with liquor ads. If you’re looking for comic insights beyond the well-documented ass differential between whites and blacks, well, golly, you ought to try another carrier.
(Soul Plane: Bruce Talamon)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy; Starring: Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Tom Arnold, Angell Conwell, Method Man; Director: Jessy Terrero; Author: Chuck Wilson, Bo Zenga; Release Date Wide: 05/28/2004; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 86; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)
Posted May 26 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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