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Soul Plane

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Snoop Dogg, Soul Plane
Soul Plane: Bruce Talamon

Soul Plane

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
86 minutes
Wide Release Date:
05/28/04
performer:
Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Tom Arnold, Angell Conwell, Method Man
director:
Jessy Terrero
distributor:
United Artists (MGM)
author:
Chuck Wilson, Bo Zenga
genre:
ActionAdventure, Comedy

We gave it a C-

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.