Almodóvar Returns to All-Out Zaniness in the Full Trailer for I’m So Excited

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March 1 2013 4:30 PM

Trailer Critic: Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited

Director Pedro Almodóvar’s last movie was the Hitchcockian psychological thriller The Skin I Live In, which involved such unfunny business as murder and rape and unwanted cosmetic surgery. He’s been skewing more straight-faced and dramatic for a while, in fact—even when he’s had characters crawling into humongous vaginas. His next movie, I’m So Excited, looks like a return to the farcical comedy of his earlier movies, like Labyrinth of Passion and his breakout Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

The trailer kicks off with the titular flight attendants bursting into a dance number right in the middle of their pre-flight safety demonstration, and soon they’re spooked by a psychic (played by Almodóvar favorite Lola Dueñas), who predicts the flight’s bloody end by feeling up the pilots’ junk. As a chaser to help swallow this news, the passengers use the only logical beverage: cocktails loaded with mescaline. The style of the trailer, too, is all campy Almodóvar exuberance, with ’60s graphics, bright reds and blues, and an abundance of ridiculous wipes.

So needless to say I’m in for this latest outing, especially with Almodóvar frequent flyers like Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Carmen Machi (Talk to Her, Broken Embraces), and Javier Cámara (Talk to Her, Bad Education) also on board. Not putting their seats in their upright position are sexy superstars (and fellow Almodóvar regulars) Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, who, hilariously, seem to be appearing only in small roles as frumpy baggage handlers. Departure is scheduled for June 28.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 


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