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Soul Plane
Directed by Jessy Terrero
Produced by David Scott Rubin
Written by Bo Zenga,
Chuck Wilson
Starring Kevin Hart
Method Man
Tom Arnold
Mo'Nique
D.L. Hughley
Godfrey
Sofia Vergara
Snoop Dogg
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) May 28, 2004
Running time 85 min, 92 min uncut
Language English
Budget ~ US$16,000,000

Soul Plane is a comedy motion picture from MGM, released in the United States on May 28, 2004 (see 2004 in film). The film stars Kevin Hart, Method Man, Tom Arnold, D.L. Hughley, Mo'Nique, K.D. Aubert, Godfrey, and Snoop Dogg.

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Plot

After Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart) gets his rear end stuck in an airline toilet, the plane suffers a minor disaster and, as a result, his dog is sucked through a jet engine. He then sues the airline and gets a settlement of $100,000,000. He decides to use the money to start his own airline, called NWA (Nashawn Wade Airlines), whose acronym and logo are a pop culture reference to rap group N.W.A. and the IATA and ICAO code shares with Northwest Airlines. The airline specifically caters to African Americans and hip hop culture. The terminal at the airport is called the Malcolm X terminal, the plane is a heavily modified 747-200, customized with low-rider hydraulics, spinners, blended winglets for longer range, and a dance club. The safety video is also a spoof of the Destiny's Child song "Survivor".

During the first flight of the fictional airline, Nashawn is trying to deal with a multitude of problems. His pilot, Captain Mack (Snoop Dogg), is afraid of heights. He has never left the ground because he learned to fly in prison. As Nashawn learns this, he asks him who his "flying buddies" are which Captain Mack told him were from the Air Force. Captain Mack then shows him a picture of him with Taliban members with Arabian style music in the background. Meanwhile, his cousin Muggsey (Method Man), is setting up a miniature casino and strip joint in one of the areas on the plane (as seen in the workprint and unrated versions of the film), and Nashawn's ex-girlfriend is on board and less than happy to see him. The Hunkee family also appear to have problems in the movie; Elvis Hunkee's (Tom Arnold) daughter is turning eighteen and plans to allegedly use the newfound freedom by drinking and having sex, his son has transformed in a matter of seconds from an exact duplicate to acting like a stereotypical African American, and his girlfriend has found a new interest in black men after viewing pictures in a pornographic magazine.

The pilot seemingly dies, after eating mushrooms that the co-pilot uses to soothe his genital crabs. Nashawn then attempts to contact the co-pilot, who is incapacitated after slipping on the water located around the hot tub, forcing Nashawn to attempt to land the plane himself. Nashawn lands the plane safely, using the airplane stewardess' flight knowledge learned while having sex in the cockpit with the pilot on another flight, in the middle of Central Park only to have the spinners stolen from the plane. He then gets back together with his ex-girlfriend after earlier revealing to her that he only broke up with her so she wouldn't give up her college opportunities for him. The pilot soon after wakes up, and realizes that he is on the plane alone and was mugged while sleeping.

The movie ends with the Nashawn telling the audience the fate of his crew. He claims that he and his ex-girlfriend are back together taking their relationship slow this time around, his cousin Muggsey has started a strip club and gambling casino located in an airplane similar to the club in Nashawn's plane, Elvis Hunkee has begun a sexual relationship with one of the abrasive airline security guards (Mo'Nique), and Elvis Hunkee's son has become a major music video director but has disappeared shortly after filming a Michael Jackson video (this references the child molestation charges that had been filed against Michael Jackson in both 1993 and 2003).

Cast

Actors/Actresses Role
Kevin Hart Nashawn Wade
Tom Arnold Mr. Elvis Hunkee
Method Man Muggsy
Snoop Dogg Captain Mack
K. D. Aubert Giselle
Godfrey Leslie Gaeman
Brian Hooks DJ
D. L. Hughley Johnny
Arielle Kebbel Heather Hunkee
Loni Love Shaniece
Mo'Nique Jamiqua
Sofía Vergara Blanca
Missi Pyle Barbara Hunkee
Sommore Cherry
Ryan Pinkston Billy Hunkee
Gary Anthony Williams Flame
John Witherspoon Blind Man
Angell Conwell Tamika
Francine Dee Stripper
Roberto Roman Passenger
Terry Crews Bouncer

Reception

Most of the reviews of this movie were negative, due to its stereotypical portrayal of black culture. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 17% saying that "It offers nothing but degrading stereotypes and repulsive toilet humor".

Parodies

In The Boondocks episode "...Or Die Trying", the Freemans see Soul Plane 2: The Blackjacking, featuring a terrorist plot to blow up the Soul Plane. Series cast members John Witherspoon (Granddad), Gary Anthony Williams (Uncle Ruckus), Snoop Dogg (Macktastic), and Mo'Nique reprise their roles as the blind man, Flame, Captain Mack and Jamiqua.

Box office

US Gross Domestic Takings: US$ 16,190,750

+ Other International Takings: $631,596

= Gross Worldwide Takings: $16,822,346

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Soul Plane is a 2004 comedy film about an airline that caters to African Americans.


Flame: [calmly, after a stewardess has whispered something into his ear] I'll handle this.[screams] THE CAPTAIN'S DEAD!

Blanca: [after catching Method Man staring at her chest] Ain't no drink down there. Muggsy: The hell there ain't.


[last lines] Middle Eastern Passenger: This is the bomb! [everything goes silent] Middle Eastern Passenger: What...? Let's dance!

Quotes about Soul Plane

  • Viewers have a chance to take a crash course in tastelessness by watching another piece of nouveau blaxploitation, where black people decked out in their bling-bling sing and dance to raunchy hip-hop music and eat fried chicken while sipping Alize. [...] An hour and a half of real airplane turbulence is better than sitting through the bad, offensive material that makes up "Soul Plane."


Captain Mack

   * Testicles, 1, 2... Testicles, 1, 2. This is your soul plane chauffeur Captain Antoine Mack speaking. Welcome aboard NWA flight 069 from the 310 to the 212. It's time to bust this coney y'all. In a hot second, I'll be hittin' them switches and gettin' this bitch pumpin' and jumpin'. So screw your sh*t on tight and enjoy the flight.
   * Ladies and Gentlemen, we have reached our cruising altitude of 33 thousand feet... 33 THOUSAND FEET? Oh shit, man! We fuckin' higher than Redman at the Source Awards!

[edit] Flame

   * [calmly, after a stewardess has whispered something into his ear] I'll handle this.
   * [screams] THE CAPTAIN'S DEAD! 

[edit] Other

   * Blanca: [in Spanish, to Muggsy] I'll bet you have the tiniest penis. 
   * Blind Man: I'm a player, but I don't play that way! 

[edit] Dialogue

   Gaeman: Please, man, I...
   Captain Mack: What part of "You ain't flying this motherfuckin' plane" don't you understand? Sit the fuck back and enjoy the flight, Idi Amin!

[edit] Taglines

   * What goes up, must get down.
   * We Fly, We Party, We Land
   * The party is nonstop

[edit] Cast

   * Snoop Dogg — Captain Mack
   * Gary Anthony Williams — Flame
   * Sofía Vergara — Blanca

[edit] External links

   * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Plane
   * http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367085/
   * http://www.soulplane.com/







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