'Planes,' 'Percy Jackson,' 'Elysium' - for the Family?

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It's the year 2154 and the wealthy have grown weary of extreme poverty and sickness on planet Earth.

The solution? They escape to a heaven-like man-made space station called "Elysium," while the rest of the population resides on a rapidly deteriorating Earth.

Thanks to the Christ-like hero, played by Matt Damon, there may be hope after all as he takes on a mission that could bring the much-needed justice and equality.

The only problem is, according to Focus on the Family movie reviewer Paul Asay, it takes "Between 60 and 70 f-words. More than a dozen s-words," a couple of obscene hand gestures, and several accounts where God's name is taken in vain to merge the polarized worlds -- not a family friendly story by any stretch.

But no worries for parents, there is the Disney animated comedy "Planes" to the rescue, which emphasizes hard work and integrity minus the sexual content and four letter words.

"Dusty (the main character) sets a good example for kid viewers throughout," Plugged In Online reviewer Bob Hoose wrote. "He diligently works hard to improve his skills, taking a seasoned pro's advice and practicing every move. He faces his fears. He accepts his shortcomings but never gives up. And he also stays true to himself when the other planes become a bit more cutthroat in their competitiveness."

"So it's all about good friends, good competition, and good effort in 'Planes.' And that's, well, it's just 'plane' good," he added.

Hoose warns that the talking planes do use phrases like "heck of a run," "oh my gosh," "holy smokes" and "dagnabbit!" And there are a few scenes with name-calling: "suckers" "twits" and "idiots!"

Overall it's a family friendlly, feel good cinematic treat.

It's not the same story for the movie "Percy Jackson-Sea of Monsters." Apart from the magical creatures, greek mythology, and the occasional curse words, the adventurous drama makes one grave mistake -- Jesus is mentioned and is lumped in with all the other God's as a choice of many.

The Greek pantheism, which is best expressed by the film's tagline: "In demigods we trust" overrides any positive themes within the movie.

Bob Waliszewski, director of Plugged In Online, reviews all three films on CBN's Morning News, Aug. 9.

 

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