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Planes: Christian movie review

Popcorn Rating

Movie Info

RATING:

PG for some mild action and rude humor

GENRE:

Animation

RELEASE:

August 9, 2013

STARRING:

Voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Sinbad, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Gabriel Iglesias

DIRECTOR:

Klay Hall

DISTRIBUTOR:

Walt Disney Studios

More on this movie at IMDb.com

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In providing movie reviews on our site, CBN.com is not endorsing or recommending films we review. Our goal is to provide Christians with information about the latest movies, both the good and the bad, so that our readers may make an informed decision as to whether or not films are appropriate for them and their families.
CHRISTIAN MOVIE REVIEW

Review: Planes

By Hannah Goodwyn
CBN.com Senior Producer


CBN.com -  Planes, Disney’s new Cars look-a-like movie, unfortunately feels a bit awkward.  Think Lightning McQueen, but with planes, plus sexual innuendos, over-the-top racial stereotypes and a suggestive scene promoting alcohol.

This summer, family-friendly touted flick from Disney starts well enough, and has the bones to be a funny, heartwarming story, but falls short due its surprising questionable content.

THE MOVIE IN A MINUTE

Dusty always dreamed of winning a prestigious airplane race around the world. Thing is, Dusty is a crop-duster, not a racer – a fact most are quick to point out.  Still, he’s determined to shake the dust of the farm of his wheels, make it to the big race and win it.

THE GOOD AND BAD IN PLANES

Planes may have a Cars feel to it, but they are not one and the same (despite this movie's worldwide race being reminiscent of Cars 2).  The original films about Lightning and Tow Mater were PIXAR creations; Planes is decidedly Disney.

A bumbling romantic/Mexican soap opera star, a mysterious, alluring Indian and an unfriendly Brit are just a few of the ‘planes’ Dusty encounters along the way.  The film jokes about reincarnation and has gassy humor.  It makes special mention of removing Dusty’s “sprayer” a few times and has a scene suggesting drinking alcohol is what you should do when you’re sad.  In another scene, one of the planes rejects the advances of another racer toward her, saying to him, “go plow yourself”.  Granted, most kids will not catch all of these suggestive, adult references.  Even so, it’s all a bit much.

The soul of this movie teaches kids that it’s OK to take risks and go after their dreams.  Dusty eventually realizes he can be a racer, and that he can do more than what he was created to do – stay on the farm and dust crops. 

IN THE END

Planes is, at times, a fun movie and would have been a great option for families were it not for its problematic content, including moments of peril that may be scary for younger kids.

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Hannah GoodwynHannah Goodwyn serves as the Entertainment producer for CBN.com. For more articles and information, visit Hannah's bio page.

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