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Paper Planes (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 15 January 2015 (Australia)
An imaginative children's film about a young Australian boy's passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

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Robert Connolly

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Robert Connolly (screenplay by), Steve Worland (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Worthington ... Jack
Ed Oxenbould ... Dylan
Deborah Mailman ... Maureen
Ena Imai Ena Imai ... Kimi
Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke ... Jason
Julian Dennison ... Kevin
Terry Norris Terry Norris ... Grandpa
Peter Rowsthorn Peter Rowsthorn ... Mr. Hickenlooper
David Wenham ... Patrick
Alex Williams ... Jethro
Prea Cunningham ... Classmate
Talei Howell-Price Talei Howell-Price ... Headmistress
Daniel Holliday Daniel Holliday ... Teacher
Caroline McKenzie Caroline McKenzie ... Grandpa's Lady Friend
Sally Sander Sally Sander ... Grandpa's Lady Friend
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Storyline

After an unexpected introduction to the world of competitive paper-plane throwing, the timid twelve-year-old, Dylan Weber, finally makes it to the Aussie Junior Championships in Sydney. However, with a resigned father living in the past, Dylan will have to use his resourcefulness to come up with a winning paper-plane model for the World Junior Paper Plane Championship in Tokyo, to compete against skilful and very ambitious contestants. Clearly, at the end of Dylan's great adventure, the only important thing is fighting for what matters in life--and even though winning is something--never giving up is everything. Written by Nick Riganas

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If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again. See more »

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Drama | Family

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aviones de papel See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,646,673
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Vessel, Odyssey that appears in the film is owned by Odyssey Expeditions which operates along the Kimberley region WA See more »

Goofs

When Dylan's granddad picks him up to go to the air museum, his granddad is wearing what appears to be a brand new flight jacket. If it had been his own from the war it would have been well worn and threadbare. See more »

Quotes

Kimi: I think the answers to our questions are found in nature
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References Battle of Britain (1969) See more »

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© 2003 EMI Blackwood Music
Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd.)
Performed by Kelis
Under exclusive license to Virgin Records Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
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A great Aussie film with a lot of heart
19 May 2015 | by stephendaxterSee all my reviews

At first this movie may seem like it is just a film about trying to build the best paper plane in the world but the film encompasses so much more than that. The actual plane building makes up some portions of the film but the rest actually is spent with getting to know the characters and seeing some relationships evolve over the course of the film. This movie had a lot of heart and many emotional scenes especially when it is following the boy's relationship with his father. You really understand these two characters and get to know them and see them really grow. Sam Worthington (Jack) and Ed Oxenbould (Dylan) were great in the film, their relationship felt real and you could buy into their actions and decisions. The overall story was carried by these two characters, mostly the child as you see him progress through the paper plane competition. It is an interesting story, although there was a section 3/4 into the movie that i felt slowed down a little too much just momentarily, but then it picked itself up ad finished off pretty strong.

Where i felt the film could have done a lot better is with the supporting cast. Well, excluding the grandpa, he was the comedic relief in the film and i would have to say he was pretty entertaining and did lighten the mood a few times. There was one bit that was a bit too silly and dramatised but he wasn't the issue. I'm mainly talking about the other child actors in the film, Dylan's school friend and his rival in the competitions i felt at times played too much to their stereotypes. I'm not sure if it was the actors or the writing but sometimes they felt, well, like a character and not a real person. There is also a subplot with another girl that was oddly introduced, it felt very out of place and took me out of it for a bit. But in the end this is a fun, heartfelt story about a boy and his father that takes place during a plane throwing competition, and if you can avoid focusing too much on some of the unrealistic plane throws you can enjoy this movie. - 7


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