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Paper Planes (2014)

Not Rated | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ena Imai ...
Peter Rowsthorn ...
Daniel Holliday ...
Caroline McKenzie ...
Grandpa's Lady Friend
Sally Sander ...
Grandpa's Lady Friend


On a beautiful sunny morning, Jethro, an uncommon instructor, heads to an elementary school. He is an expert in paper planes, planning to demonstrate the art of paper plane folding to the students and to inform them of the State Competition for the Junior Championship next Sunday. The unexpected introduction to the world of competitive paper plane throwing will excite timid 12-year-old Dylan Weber, forcing him to do his best to beat the 25m qualification point and make it to the Aussie Junior Championships in Sydney. Before long, Dylan will get his ticket to compete, yet, with a father living in the past uninspired and resigned because of his wife's death in a car accident some five months ago, he will have to use his resourcefulness to come up with a winning paper plane model and all the help he can get to make his newfound dream a reality. With the ultimate goal set at the World Junior Paper Plane Championship in Tokyo, talented Dylan not only will he have to gather the sum for such... Written by Nick Riganas

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Also Known As:

Aviones de papel  »

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2.35 : 1
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The emu, Kimi's proclaimed favorite bird, and depicted on the emblem of Dylan's school uniform, is Australia's official 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 »


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 »


Patrick: Hey! It's Dylan, right?
Dylan: Yeah. Yeah.
Patrick: Think you're gonna win tomorrow?
Dylan: I don't know. But I really, really want to.
Patrick: Yeah? Why is that?
Dylan: Well... You know, everyone loves a winner. Right? And if... if I go home a winner, maybe my dad... might want to hang out with me.
Patrick: Well, you know what? He's family, mate. And sometimes... Sometimes they take a little while to come good. But, uh, if you stick with them, they will, eventually.
Dylan: Well, I hope you're right. Thanks, Mr Jones.
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Written by George Reichart (as Reichart), Joshua Lopez (as Lopez), Caviar (as Cross) and Macy Gray (as Mcintyre)
(Larry Leron Music / Universal Music - Z Songs
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd/control)
Performed by Dami Im
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
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A brave effort
10 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

I really wanted to love this film, and I do like it! It is a beacon in the turgid sea of recent offerings which do not appeal to a general Australian audience (hence their woeful returns at the box office - Beautiful Kate, Samson and Delilah ... I could go on) The premise is intriguing and the story is compelling, the acting generally competent. My main complaint is directed at the clunky dialogue. This is a general criticism but specifically aimed at the lines given to the kids as I am country born and bred, and a teacher of country kids. The conversations and interaction between kids is unconvincing, and needed a major edit. I hasten to add that the Peter Rowsthorne character seems authentic.

However it is a heartwarming and uplifting depiction of achievement against the odds and I hope that itdoes well.

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