The dominant colors in I'm So Excited are pink and turquoise, which means director Pedro Almodóvar is back to being funny. Or rather, trying to be funny.
It's mostly set on a campy airplane, where the crew puts the "flighty" in flight attendant, the entirety of economy class has been drugged into slumber, the pilots are more interested in gossip than the control panel, and first class could more descriptively be renamed orgy class.
As the soap opera subplots start stacking up — each passenger is in crisis — it begins to seem like I'm So Excited is Almodóvar's attempt to parody Airport 1975, another clunker where everyone is so busy sleeping with or planning to kill everyone else that they have very little time to stow their trays in the upright and locked position.
There's plenty of the outrageousness that powered such early Almodóvar romps as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, along with a smattering of political commentary, although the shots of empty airplane terminals and asides about government corruption are more likely to mean something to Spanish viewers.
But Almodóvar, whose past several movies have been melodramas, seems to have lost the knack for balancing fizzy humor with characters who appear insane until you realize their problems are not unlike everyone else's.
By a coincidence of timing, it's interesting to contrast I'm So Excited with the recent Grown Ups 2, in which the actors went through the motions of performing so lazily it was if they had been awakened from naps. The opposite happens here to only slightly better results. The performers try very hard to sell their material and much care has been lavished care on the costumes and sets.
The result is I'm So Excited looks like an Almodóvar comedy, but the jokes have gone missing.
'I'm So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros)'
R for strong sexual content including crude references, and drug use. 1:30. In Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics. Kentucky Theatre.