Parents' Guide to

Air Force One

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Ford makes farfetched action-hero-prez electable.

Movie R 1997 125 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 11+

Get Off My Plane!

A Die Hard On A Plane Rip Off , Pulled off uniquely. Entertaining and enjoyable. Violence: 4 of 5 : Guns are shot, people are killed, a man's neck is brutally snapped, death is frequent. Sex: None Swearing: Yes, Plenty. As long as your child is ok with it. As I always say, you can hear it, just don't say it. Consumerism: I don't see why this is an issue with any parent, but, yes, many brands are seen. Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: Social drinking, no drugs, smoking.
age 17+

Insanely graphic.

There is one scene where an agent shoots 3 other agents. And you can pieces of their skin flying off and lots of blood.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (39 ):

This film's thrill-machine goes on at a jet-fueled pace that doesn't let up. Not even a politician would argue lumping AIR FORCE ONE in with the many, many imitators of Die Hard -- "It's Die Hard on a plane with the president!" is probably how the script pitch went -- but it's a well-made cinematic roller-coaster, even when stunts and dangers get over-the-top absurd.

What keeps the picture from crashing are good actors taking this popcorn stuff with utmost seriousness, reminding the viewer it's not just any CIA-Shaolin Temple muscleman-kickboxer-Green Beret-Navy SEAL up there, it's the president. Kudos to Harrison Ford, as not many actors could manage to make James Marshall believable as, all at once, an action hero, caring dad, virile husband, and a righteous and thoughtful Commander-in-Chief -- imagine Rambo) mixed with Josiah Bartlett . But Ford pulls it off. Largely thanks to him, this mayhem actually restores some of old-style Hollywood reverence and awe for the Oval Office, a quality so many films tore down since the 1960s and the Watergate scandal.

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