Ridiculous, violent heist movie never quite takes off.
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Money Plane is a "one last job and we're out" heist movie set in an airborne gambling den. It's almost a guilty pleasure but is ultimately too ridiculous and awful to qualify. It also has a lot of over-the-top action violence, with guns and shooting, blood spurts, characters dying, fighting, punching, and head-bashing, someone's ears getting pulled off, a character being stripped to the bone by piranhas, and more. Language is also very strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Sexual situations include flirting and people getting hit on, women being objectified, a woman performing a brief stripper-like dance and carrying a gun in her crotch, and a man touching a woman's breast over her clothes. Regular cigar and cigarette smoking are shown, and alcoholic drinks are served.
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What's the Story?
In MONEY PLANE, Jack Reese (Adam Copeland) is a former gambler and current family man who's working off a massive debt. He and his team of expert thieves work for evil Darius "The Rumble" Grouch (Kelsey Grammer), trying to steal a painting. When the heist goes wrong, Jack is forced to take on an even more dangerous job. His new task is to rob the "Money Plane," a flying gambling den filled with dangerous criminals. So Jack rounds up his crew -- tough Isabella (Katrina Norman), computer expert Trey (Patrick Lamont Jr.), and gung-ho Iggy (Andrew Lawrence) -- and they hatch a plan. But once they're on the plane, things take a turn for the worse. Are they being set up?
Is It Any Good?
Almost a guilty pleasure, this heist movie benefits a bit from an "I don't care" attitude, but unfortunately it's crushed under too many dumb clichés, terrible writing, and general boredom. After the failed art heist, which introduces us to the team and their credo, Money Plane gets going with the usual "one last big job and then I'm out" cliché. Then Jack reads Robin Hood to his daughter at bedtime, which leads to the first of many heavy-handed discussions about morality. Once they're on the plane, the team regularly makes laughable mistakes, such as working with their backs to the door or, in taking over the cockpit, forgetting that there's a co-pilot.
What's more, the whole "we've been set up" plot completely fails, basically because the team can't figure out who's responsible -- when, for the rest of us, it's painfully obvious. The Money Plane itself sets up some hilariously ridiculous moments, and even though its population of "world's most dangerous criminals" is laughably dull, the situation allows for some enjoyably over-the-top acting. (Grammer and Thomas Jane especially devour the scenery.) But the dumb, fun stuff is largely overwhelmed by the movie's flat stretches, lapses in logic, and head-spinning exposition. Money Plane might have been a fun so-bad-it's-good movie, but it never really gets off the ground.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Money Plane's violence. How intense is it? Does it feel less intense because of its almost cartoonish nature? Why or why not?
The movie briefly discusses the Robin Hood theme. Is it OK to steal from the rich to give to the poor? Is that the same as sharing?
Are drinking and smoking glamorized in the movie? Are there realistic consequences? Why does that matter?
How are women viewed in the movie? Did you notice any objectification? Is Isabella a role model? Why or why not?
What's the appeal of gambling and betting on things?
- On DVD or streaming: March 16, 2021
- Cast: Adam Copeland, Kelsey Grammer, Katrina Norman
- Director: Andrew Lawrence
- Studio: Quiver Distribution
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 82 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: January 3, 2023
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