FILM: I’m So Excited! (Los Amantes Pasajeros) (15)

Oscar-winning writer-director Pedro Almodovar returns to broad comedy for the first time since Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown with this colourful and saucy confection set almost entirely on an airplane.

Leon (Antonio Banderas), a member of airport ground staff, is distracted by his beautiful wife Jessica (Penelope Cruz), who works in the baggage handling department, and accidentally damages the landing gear of a Peninsula Airlines flight heading to Mexico.

The airplane takes off and develops mechanical failures, seemingly condemning passengers and crew to a grim fate.

While an air of chemically induced calm settles over economy class, three gay stewards attending to first class - Fajardo (Carlos Areces), Joserra (Javier Camara) and Ulloa (Raul Arevalo) - attempt to buoy spirits of their passengers with heady cocktails and lip-synced dance routines to The Pointer Sisters.

On board, psychic Bruna (Lola Duenas) uses her ‘gift’ to predict a crash-landing, bed-hopping actor Ricardo Galan (Guillermo Toledo) is gifted a chance at redemption with an old flame, and a honeymooning couple (Miguel Angel Silvestre, Laya Marti) decide that if this is to be their last flight, they should join the mile-high club as soon as physically possible.

Released: May 3 (UK & Ireland, selected cinemas), 90 mins