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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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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15 January 2015 (Australia)  »

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The emu, Kimi's proclaimed favorite bird, and depicted on the emblem of Dylan's school uniform, is Australia's unofficial national bird. Emus are flightless, as Kimi pointed out in her proclamation, which can be seen as necessary to clarify, for many, Dylan's later rhetorical question, "Do emus dream of flying?" It's all a clever tie-in with the paper plane theme. See more »


Bangladesh score 71/1 (15.1 over) when Dylan has gone to school. They score 74/1 (17.5 over) when he is back. To bowl 2.4 over about 15 minute (maximum) is required. See more »


Kimi: I think the answers to our questions are found in nature
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Written by Chad Hugo (as Hugo) and Pharrell Williams (as Williams)
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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 See 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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