After a catastrophic flight, during which his rear end is stuck on the toilet and his dog issucked into an engine, Kevin Hart sues the airline and wins a hundred-million dollar settlement.With this windfall, he establishes a new airline: NWA. The film then follows the maiden voyageof NWA’s purple pimpmobile plane, complete with every hip-hop video stereotypeimaginable.
Clearly aspiring to be an urban Airplane!, this dog rarely rises above the level of thewo…st Leslie Nielsen vehicle. Speaking of dogs, if mine sat down to write the script for this film,she would pass on all of its jokes as too painfully obvious, and probably come up with somedecent ones of her own. When both Snoop Dog AND Tom Arnold are in a film together, youknow you’re in trouble.
The dialogue is rather badly handled on the mix. Though it doesn’t distort, something hasgone wrong with the tone, and it varies wildly from clear to very muzzy, almost like radioreception coming in and out. The music has a huge, almost echo-chamber effect, much to itsbenefit. The surround effects have their moments, but definitely take second place to themusic.
A very nice picture, however, just as sharp as one could possible hope, with no visible grainor edge enhancement. The colours are extremely vibrant, the flesh tones are excellent, and theblacks near perfect. If nothing else, the movie looks damn good.
Director Jessy Terrero and a chunk of the cast provide one of the more obnoxiouscommentary tracks of recent days (imagine listening to a recording of someone else’s frat party).“Boarding Pass” is a completely promotional making-of featurette, and “The Upgrade” is thesame deal, only centred on the director. There are four deleted scenes and an outtake reel. The“Survivor Safety Video” is the video shown to passengers in the film. The still gallery is devidedinto “Cast” and “On Set” sub-galleries, and everything else is advertising: the theatrical trailer,an ad for the “Def Jam” video game, and trailers for both Barbershop movies andDorm Daze. The menu (with an animated and scored intro, main screen and transitions)is a collection of all the T&A shots (with nudity) from the movie, giving the false impressionthat there is going to be a lot more of this than there is (thus voiding the film of value even forthose who might have stuck around for the sex, if not the laughs).
Oh, don’t get me started again. Just take it away. Go watch some classic 70s Blaxploitationinstead.
Special Features List
- Audio Commentary
- “Boarding Pass” Making-of Featurette
- “The Upgrade” Featurette on the Director
- Deleted Scenes
- Survivor Safety Video
- Theatrical Trailer
- Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
- Trailers and Ads