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Parental guidance recommended under 6 due to scenes that might upset or confuse younger children
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|Children under 6
|Parental guidance recommended due to scenes that might upset young children.
|Children aged 6 and over
|OK for this age group
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
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Paper Planes follows the story of Dylan Webber (Ed Oxenbould), a young boy who lives with his father Jack (Sam Worthington). His mother has recently died in a car accident. One day at school, the class activity consists of making paper planes and attempting to get them to fly further than 25 metres. They are told that the world record is 69.13 metres. When Dylan’s plane stays in the air for long enough to fly around the entire grounds of the school, his teacher encourages him to enter competitions.
Dylan successfully makes it through to the Australian National competition, along with another student named Jason (Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke). During the Nationals, a student from Japan visits to inspire and mentor the Australian students and Dylan begins to develop deep feelings for Kimi (Ena Imai). Dylan and his father have a garage sale to raise money for a ticket to Japan, but Jack is still feeling too depressed and grief-stricken to go with Dylan.
The day before the world finals in Japan, Jason deliberately pushes Dylan down a flight of stairs in order to injure him. Dylan sprains his wrist, and begins to doubt whether or not he will be able to complete at all. However, he goes through with the competition after a session of acupuncture and his father changes his mind and arrives to see him compete.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Relationships and family; death of a family member and associated grief; competition
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could upset young children, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
None of concern
None of concern
Paper Planes is an inspirational and heart-warming film. Dylan’s determination helps to ignite passion in all of those around him, as he works to overcome incredible obstacles. After the death of his wife, Dylan’s father has fallen into a deep depression and stopped taking care of him. As a result, Dylan is forced to study planes and flight on his own, make new friendships, and attempt to win the World Championship for Paper Plane Flight while helping his father come out of the depth of his depression at the same time. The film highlights the strength of character that develops as a result of overcoming challenging situations, as well as the importance of building strong and supportive relationships. It is a great holiday movie for the whole family, although younger children may need parent help, particularly in understanding the father's behaviour.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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