Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Planes Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 5+

Airborne adventure is OK for a few laughs; some stereotypes.

PG 2013 92 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 33 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Boring and misogynistic

Nope. In the opening scene where two male planes are insulted by our ‘hero’ calling them Ladies, i was immediately out off this movie. We persevered because my 4 year old is interested in Planes. He became bores very quickly. It’s a lad culture film. The only females in the movie are romantic interests or the token ‘feisty female’ a mechanic in this case, who is in the story purely to service the male heavy cast. I want my son to see all genders doing cool stuff and being complex beings, can do without the cultural stereotypes and un-funny insults too.
1 person found this helpful.
age 5+

A lot of eye rolling

Ugh, the movie focuses on bro-culture (excuse me ladies to two male planes—why is that supposed to be funny?), stereotypes, and is so predictable that even my kids got bored with it. Halfway through they were barely watching. Female characters only exist as romantic figures except for Dottie, the whatever mechanic thing she’s supposed to be. Beyond the unfunny jokes and uncreative characters, there is a war scene that is pretty dramatic for a kids movie. To be honest, I am not a fan of the Cars world and have a hard time getting over existential puzzles like, can death and birth and amorous relationships really exist in that world? In a world without people, why would a crop duster be necessary? In a world without people, why was there war? Plus I am so over the underdog trope. Briefly, I am not the best audience member for this film. But even so, there are elements in this one that aren’t great messages for kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Cars Poster Image


    Pixar comedy is full of four-wheeled fun.

    age 5+
  • Jay Jay the Jet Plane Poster Image

    Jay Jay the Jet Plane

    Animated airplanes teach lessons to preschoolers.

    age 3+
  • Chicken Run Poster Image

    Chicken Run

    Charming animated escape tale has some peril, scares.

    age 7+

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of luggage and a map
    See all
  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate