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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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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


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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Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Australia) See more »

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Aviones de papel See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Loosely based on a 2009 episode of Australian Story called "Fly With Me". See more »


In Japan Dylan talks to Jason's dad. At first he's holding a paper plane, next frame a mini golf club then goes back to a paper plane. 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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A story about dealing with loss, and the simple pleasure of flying paper planes
12 July 2015 | by vracer-166-903853See all my reviews

This is a sweet, simple little film, but with some interesting and thoughtful themes to get your kids thinking a little more about things they see sometimes, but may not really understand.

The biggest of those themes is loss, and the reviewers who don't 'get' Sam Worthingtons character have completely missed this. You don't just 'get over' the loss of your wife five months after her sudden death, everyone has their own way of coming back, and Worthington's character hasn't found that way back when we meet him in the film. He's still lost. And it's his son's understanding of his dads grief that underpins the entire film. It's subtle, but it's the whole driving force of this story. The actual competition that seems to drive the film is actually secondary... but ultimately becomes the catalyst to get the father through his grief and back to 'life'.

My 8yo son picked up on this about halfway through the film, when the father refused to sell the piano - he said 'I know why he can't sell it'. The storyline didn't flesh it out until later, when Dylan told Kimi that his mum had been a piano teacher - and this is another thing the film does; it reveals its layers slowly, and for the most part lets its audience figure things out for themselves.

The messages and lessons for the target audience start almost from the beginning of the film - it will get kids thinking about sportsmanship, peer pressure, role models, friendship, and loss... and it does so with a good dose of laughter and a sublime sense of the ridiculous - always a winner with kids.

Worthington's character didn't really hit his stride until mid film, which was a shame - it left the door open for the less cerebral members of the audience to assume he was just a deadbeat dad, and when those types make that assumption, they'll drop dead before they'll admit to themselves that they were wrong. Not Worthington's fault; the script should have introduced the bereavement earlier than it did.

I also think the connection between Dylan's father and grandfather should have been explored a little more. Ultimately we end up knowing nothing about his father other than that he's shattered by the loss of his wife - that's a given, so why didn't we get a little more about the man himself? I slept on my lounge plenty of times myself in the months following my separation from my wife, but if I were a movie character I'd want my audience to know a bit more about me than that fact.

Tip - have a decent supply of A4 paper on hand for the morning after watching this movie with your kids :)

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