Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 83 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 6+. ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ is fairly in line with the content of its predecessor, but with fewer racist elements, at least. The focus is on firefighting planes this time around, so there are scary scenes with fire, danger (and the possibility of death) to these plane characters, some romantic innuendo in one plane having an unwanted crush on another, and lots and lots of bathroom humor.
‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ improves on its predecessor, but that’s not saying much. The franchise remains a frustratingly narratively weak offering from Disney, and is clearly a continued cash-grab for merchandising dollars.
By Roxana Hadadi
Disney films don’t get much worse than “Planes,” last year’s spinoff from the “Cars” universe. Originally meant to be a direct-to-DVD release, the film somehow found its way into theaters—probably for the merchandising dollars, since Disney makes cash hand over fist from “Cars” paraphernalia. But it was a largely boring, sometimes racist, always pedestrian-looking film, and so to say its sequel, “Planes: Fire and Rescue,” is an improvement isn’t really saying much.