Movie Review: “Planes” resides in the shadow of 2006’s “Cars,” a hit comedy about talking cars. “Planes,” a movie about talking aircraft, is a spinoff. It attempts to capitalize by offering a similar theme.
The film follows the journey of Dusty Crophopper (Cook), a crop-dusting plane. He dreams of one day competing in a global aerial race. Dusty finds his dream is reality when offered a spot to race other aircraft around the world. The task will not be easy for Dusty. He has a fear of extreme heights, and his design makes him less than fitting for an around-the-world race.
Again, this family animated film attempts to benefit from the fame of “Cars.” “Planes" is much more dramatic than “Cars,” which was comical. Plenty of fun exists for families watching this entertaining piece, but viewers should be aware it is not as memorable or as funny as “Cars.” Yet it is more adventurous.
Grade: C+ (Cleared for takeoff for short flights.)
“We’re the Millers” (Comedy: 1 hour, 50 minutes)
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Rated: R (Violence, profanity, sexual innuendo, nudity and drug material)
Movie Review: David Clark (Sudeikis) is a veteran pot dealer. In order to pay off a debt to a crime lord, he creates a fake family as a means of smuggling a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Clark hires stripper Rose O’Reilly (Aniston), his young and naïve neighbor Kenny Rossmore (Poulter) and Casey Mathis (Roberts), a homeless runaway teen, to be his family. Their task will not be easy. The four individuals work together about as well as terrorists and the law enforcement. They are all very different people who clash.
“Millers” is a comedy that delivers laughs. The problem is those laughs are juxtaposed potty-mouthed humor bordering on juvenile mishaps. A good example is the movie's attempts to be dramatic when its characters keep giving viewers a reason to dislike them.
Sudeikis’ character, David Clark, is a jerk. He tries to reach moments of depth that are supposed to inspire emotion, but Sudeikis plays the character in such a mean, arrogant spirit that David Clark aggravates.
Aniston is a charming woman here but appears more mother-like than stripper, even when she is on the stage as an exotic dancer. Her character is just not believable. Younger cast members Poulter and Roberts fit their roles, however.
As a group, they provide some laughs. The problem is that the script perverted material that constantly makes the good moments adolescent bits.
Grade: C (They are a passable family when decent.)
“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (Adventure/Family: 1 hour, 50 minutes)
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson and Douglas Smith
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Rated: PG (Violence, some scary images and mild language)