Hello & Happy Saturday, iFamilyKC Readers!
It’s the weekend which means time for family, fun, and relaxation! It’s a big weekend for movies and audiences are lucky to have a variety of films spanning different genres to select from as they head out to catch a flick. Will you be grabbing some popcorn and a drink this weekend? Before you head out, let’s chat about a couple of the films that opened for wide release across the nation yesterday. Today we’ll be covering two movies that we had a chance to review this week: “Planes: Fire & Rescue” and it’s polar opposite “Sex Tape”.
“Planes: Fire & Rescue“
Nationwide Release: Friday July 18th, 2014
Total Screen Time: 1 Hour, 24 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated “PG” for action and some peril
Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Julie Bowen
It’s not Summertime unless Disney releases an animated film for the youngest moviegoers across the nation. “Planes: Fire & Rescue”, which hit theaters on Friday, continues with the story of Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook), the underdog crop duster who dazzled his World with his high speed abilities during a race around the globe. Settling back into a life of normalcy after his victory, Dusty is faced with a decision: What does this new normal look like?
Similar to its predecessor, “Planes”, this movie is geared towards younger audiences and its visually appealing imagery and sweet storyline make it a fairly enjoyable film for moviegoers. What I appreciate most about Disney films is that they’re created with such incredible intention. Much like “Planes”, “Fire & Rescue” includes scenery and details that are true to the real life heroes who work tirelessly to keep the Western mountains of America safe. I think there’s a great learning opportunity for children to learn about firefighting and forest fires in this film and it’s enjoyable enough that children will be interested in learning more. Good for you, Disney, well done!
Nationwide Release: Friday July 18, 2014
Total Screen Time: 1 Hour, 34 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated R for Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe
Several years and two kids into their marriage, Jay (Jason Segal) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) find that the fire that used to keep them warm at night has started to fade. In an attempt to rekindle the flame, Annie plans a fun, romantic evening at home with her husband (with no kids!). The next morning, Jay discovers that their private evening in might not have been so private after all. The remainder of the movie follows Jay and Annie as they attempt to recover home video footage from various iPads all throughout town. Will they protect their image and erase their raunchy video in time?!
While this film is a romantic comedy at its core, “Sex Tape” is rated “R” for a reason…it’s definitely not appropriate for children (as if you couldn’t figure that out by the title). For parents looking good evening out (and perhaps some advice for what not to do on your next date night), it’s a decent choice. The movie starts off somewhat slow but starts to pick up towards the middle captivating your attention and inspires a few laughs. “Sex Tape” isn’t without its shortcomings but, overall, it’s at least worth the rental when it comes out on DVD.
Questions about this weekend’s movie reviews?! Email me anytime: Holli@iFamilyKC.com