Wings

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Planes copycat has mild peril, cartoon violence.
  • G
  • 2012
  • 87 minutes

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Perseverance pays off. Dedication and practice help make you a better player. When you have a setback, it's important to try again.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ace is a little lax about practice at first, but he eventually recognizes the value of hard work. His friend Dodo is loyal.

Violence & Scariness

Some flying sequences show dangerous moves and indicate danger. Though no terrible accidents are shown, the commentary reports that a plane crashes fatally. There is slapstick cartoon-variety violence -- a bird keeps falling and banging himself -- but for the most part no permanent harm is done. A plane is rescued from a fire, but there are a few seconds during which it isn't clear that it will be OK.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wings is a G-rated animated feature highly derivative of the far better Disney films Cars and Planes. Some flying sequences show dangerous moves and indicate danger. Though no terrible accidents are shown, the commentary reports that a plane crashes fatally. There is slapstick cartoon-variety violence -- a bird keeps falling and banging himself -- but for the most part no permanent harm is done. A plane is rescued from a fire, but there are a few seconds during which it isn't clear it will be OK. Overall the script lacks charm and life. That said, kids who love planes might not mind.

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What's the story?

WINGS follows the story of young Ace (Josh Duhamel), who yearns to compete as an aerobatic flyer. Through a series of misunderstandings, he is hired by a top team following the death of Hale, a great flyer who crashed during competition. The deceased flyer's dad, voiced by Tom Skerritt, must be coaxed out of his depressive retirement to coach Ace and teach him the team's programs. Ace is taunted by the winner of last year's competition, Cyclone, who is later revealed to have sabotaged his friend and rival, the departed Hale. Windy (Hilary Duff) provides the love interest.

Is it any good?

This is a weak knockoff of Disney's animated feature Cars as well as the better aviation-centered film Planes. Disney animation is always startlingly good, but it's in the script and plot category that these animated movies best Wings most vividly. The voice acting is all workmanlike and professional, but sadly the performers don't have much to work with. The plot is slow and downright confusing in some instances. The movie was originally created in Russian, and it may be possible that the Russian-language script was superior to the English. Best for plane-loving kids; others will be bored or confused.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to follow your passions and do what you love. What would you like to do when you grow up?

  • What can you do when you're competing against someone who does not play fair?

  • Practice can be boring, but does it make you better at the things you like to do?

  • How does this movie compare to the similar Planes and Cars?

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