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|Directed by||Jessy Terrero|
|Produced by||David Scott Rubin|
|Written by||Bo Zenga|
|Music by||Christopher Lennertz
|May 28, 2004|
Nashawn Wade (Kevin Hart) has a horrible experience with a typical airline: his dog is classified as checked baggage instead of a carry-on, he eats a horrible airline meal, gets his buttocks stuck in the toilet during turbulence, and his dog is sucked through a jet engine (after accidentally opening the cargo door). He then sues the airline and is awarded $100,000,000 by the jury. He decides to use the money to start his own airline, called N.W.A. (Nashawn Wade Airlines), whose acronym and logo are a pop culture reference to rap group N.W.A. 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 Boeing 747, customized with low-rider hydraulics, spinners, blended winglets to compensate the drag from karat decorations, and a dance club. The safety video is also a spoof of the Destiny's Child song "Survivor".
After taking off from Los Angeles International Airport, Nashawn is trying to deal with a multitude of problems, starting with his acrophobic captain, Captain Mack (Snoop Dogg). At a cruising altitude of Flight Level 330, it is revealed that he has never left the ground because he learned to fly on computer simulators in prison. Meanwhile, his cousin Muggsey (Method Man), sets up a miniature casino and strip joint in one of the areas of 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 from an exact duplicate of him to a stereotypical wigger, and his wife 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, First Officer Gaemon (Godfrey), uses to soothe his genital crabs. Nashawn attempts to contact Gaemon, who is incapacitated after slipping near a hot tub, forcing Nashawn to attempt to land the plane himself. Nashawn lands the plane safely, using the airplane stewardess' (Sofía Vergara) flight knowledge which she learned while having sex in the cockpit with the pilot on another plane. The plane lands in the middle of Central Park instead of John F. Kennedy International Airport, and the spinners are stolen from the plane. Nashawn reconciles with his ex-girlfriend after earlier revealing to her that he only broke up with her so she would not give up her college opportunities for him.
The movie ends with 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. The pilot later wakes up with his chain and clothing stolen.
Soul Plane has received generally negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 18% from a total of 98 reviews with a consensus stating, "A raunchy sendup of Airplane! that never really takes off."
In The Boondocks episode "...Or Die Trying", the Freemans see Soul Plane 2: The Blackjacking, featuring a terrorist plot to blow up a nuclear power plant using the Soul Plane. Series cast members John Witherspoon (Granddad), Gary Anthony Williams (Uncle Ruckus), and recurring guests Snoop Dogg (Macktastic), and Mo'Nique (various characters) reprise their roles as the blind man, Flame, Captain Mack and Jamiqua respectively.
Soul Plane was a box office bomb with US gross domestic receipts with $14,190,750, Other international receipts with $631,596 and total Gross worldwide receipts with $14,822,346.
In an interview on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, Kevin Hart said that part of the reason for the poor box office turnout was due to bootlegging of the film. Hart says the film was being bootlegged three months before the film was released in theaters. Hart said the film "on the street, it made 40 million dollars". Hart told Marc Maron that during a premiere, fans of the movie were coming up to him asking him to sign copies of the bootleg. Hart does credit the film for making him popular enough to start touring around the country.
- "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast: Episode 272 - Kevin Hart". Wtfpod.libsyn.com. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
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