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Airbag (1997)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  20 June 1997 (Spain)
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Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner ... See full summary »

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Juantxo
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Konradín
Alberto San Juan ...
Pako
Manuel Manquiña ...
Pazos
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Fátima do Espíritu Santo
Francisco Rabal ...
Villambrosa
Rosa Maria Sardà ...
Aurora
Luis Cuenca ...
Souza
Pilar Bardem ...
La Herme
Karlos Arguiñano ...
Serafín
Albert Pla ...
Sacerdote
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Vanessa
Raquel Meroño ...
Araceli
Fernando Sansegundo ...
Touriño
Aitor Mazo ...
Pintinho
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Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner Villambrosa finds the ring. Meanwhile Villambrosa's rival gangster Souza sends "femme fatale" Fatima to check things out. Juantxo and his friends are trying to get the ring back and in the process get involved in the war between gangs.. Written by Anonymous

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Airbag - Jetzt knallt's richtig!  »

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Director Juanma Bajo Ulloa was determined to offer the role of Araceli to Claudia Schiffer, as it was defined in the script as a stunning beauty and had no dialogue. He finally never approached Schiffer because the character grew in importance after several re-writings and it required more dialogue, and Schiffer is not fluent in Spanish. See more »

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[why Pako is in shock and his nose is bleeding]
Konradín: It's probably the excess of cocaine, or the lack of sleep. The human body is a mystery!
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Soy rebelde
Written by Manuel Alejandro
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He forgot to get her number yet he still managed to give her a ring.
11 January 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly cool, Airbag is one of a hundred and one movies to try and capture the vibe of a Tarantino film (it even has a small, but pivotal role, for Maria de Medeiros - you may remember her from Pulp Fiction). Airbag is also one of the many movies that just simply doesn't make the grade in the field it so wants to be a part of. It's fun, it's got some groovy tunes on the soundtrack and it's amusingly warped but it's just nothing great.

Juantxo (Karra Elejalde) is about to get married to a beautiful woman. So, as tradition dictates, his friends (Konradin, played by Fernando Guillen Cuervo, and Pako, played by Alberto San Juan) take him to a place that will accept amounts of cash in exchange for sexual encounters. Juantxo is reluctant and worried but eventually meets a woman who tries something quite different with him. It's nice, it's lovely, it's all . . . . . . . . . a bit of a disaster when the lads drive away and Juantxo realises that he has lost his very expensive new ring. Inside the woman he just had such a pleasant time with. And so begins a twisted tale that also includes a very strange priest, a potential gang war, copious amounts of cocaine, some risky bets and, of course, one or two airbags.

On the surface, Airbag doesn't get much wrong. It looks okay, the comedy misunderstandings pile up in a reasonably entertaining fashion and the acting is fine. Sex and violence crop up often enough to help the film zip along throughout the two hour runtime.

Sadly, there's nothing more to it. There's just nothing that stands out as being all that memorable although there are a few touches that just end up being more irritating than annoying (most of the running gags are just too overtly quirky and heavily signposted to be really effective).

Juanma Bajo Ulloa directs with a bit of flair here and there but not enough to raise up the material (which is, a la Pulp Fiction and a number of other movies, really nothing more than a series of coincidences and twists of fate). His writing work, with assistance from two of the leads, just isn't up to the task either although the movie does have a few great lines and some decent moments throughout.

Airbag will pass the time, and I'm sure that one or two people may grow to love it, but it's one that I'll never seek out to rewatch again.


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