Planes Monday, 16 September 2019


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Very mild animated violence.

  • The pitch:

    A barrel-roll of fun.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Sinbad, Gabriel Iglesias, Brent Musburger

  • Directed by:

    Klay Hall

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)


    A plane crashes into the ocean/near-drowns, World War II fighting (flashback), burning planes (flashback), mid-air collisions, a plane spirals out of control, machine-gun fire, emergency landing, engine failure. Planes are hit with/by objects, slapped. Television footage of plane crashes. Near-collisions, mayday calls, explosions (casualties implied). Objects knocked over, smashed. Planes shot down, shot dog, dying, crashing, mentioned. Aggressive behaviour, yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Beaten and battered (injured) aircraft. Spilled guts mentioned. X-ray. 


    Flirting, ogling, serenading. Kissing noises heard.


    Drinking alcohol implied (stein glasses, bar settings). Banned performance-enhancing fuel (nitro-methane) mentioned.


    Name-calling, mocking. Frequent cultural, regional, career, genre, gender, nationality, military stereotypes. Religious reference.


    Planes, flying, racing, aerobatics, obstacle courses, training, competition, qualification, underdogs, rookies, ambition, speed, skill, heroes, sabotage, betrayal, merchandising, crop-dusting, World War II, role models, modifications, competitive spirit, pick-up lines.


    Orphanage, fear of heights mentioned. Planes, helicopters, lightning, thunder, full moon, skull-and-crossbones flag, fireworks, waterfalls, sparks. Convulsing/playing dead (pretending), farting, spitting, excrement. Tornadoes mentioned. Dizzying sky-high aerials and fast editing. Camera flashes and bright lights. Brief foreign languages (no subtitles).


    Some stunning visuals, plenty of heart and soul, spirited, funny, enjoyable, goofy, embraceable. Thrilling air-race sequences, good running time, likeable hero.


    Unoriginal, predictable. Limp characterisation, forgettable characters, stiff animation, slow start, unresolved plot points, dull writing. Little dramatic tension or resistance.

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