Parents' Guide to

Paper Planes

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thoughtful, inspired look at grief soars.

Movie NR 2015 96 minutes
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age 7+

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Is It Any Good?

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This movie manages to blend a heavy premise with an inspired look at what creativity really means and what winning ought to be about. Paper Planes is beautifully shot with multiple settings in Australia and Tokyo, and it blends cultures beautifully with an obvious appreciation for the Japanese approach to paper-making and the innate satisfaction of simply working hard to be good at an art form, whether you're exceptional at it or not. Throughout the film Dylan -- who makes for an exceptional child actor -- studies origami, flying, and paper-making, and he does a deep dive into the essence of the art and science of the craft. The ending isn't particularly unexpected, but it offers a few twists on how most of us are taught to approach competition and creativity, as well as some strongly positive modeling about friendship, bullying, and sportsmanship that far outweigh the heavier themes.

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