Name: Liz Paulsen
Kids: Three boys, ages 6, 5 and 3.
Works: Editor of metroparent magazine and metroparentmagazine.com
Favorite part about being a mom: The hugs.
Least favorite part about being a mom: The whining. Oh, the whining!
Famous for: My compulsive need to have a clean house, which with three little boys...

Flying with Dusty: Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue"

Planes, Dusty Crophopper, movie review

Planes: Fire & Rescue

In an attempt to win Mommy of the Year, I snagged tickets to an advance screening of "Planes: Fire & Rescue." When I told my oldest son, Sam, 5, I was going to take him. His response was poised and calm: “Wow, Mommy. That’s awesome.”

I received press tickets to the screening from our sister publication, the Journal Sentinel. And I did write a review for them, which you can read here: "Planes: Fire & Rescue."

I didn’t include some of the more personal, mommy details in that review - I opted instead to go with the more stoic, I’m-going-to-pretend-I’m-a-real-movie-reviewer approach.

But I wanted to share some those mommy insights here, in case you all wanted to take the kiddos.

It was much better than the original Planes movie, offering viewers a faster pace and more drama. So, if you were banking on taking the kids and napping in the theater while they watched, this isn’t the right movie for that.

Instead, the action-filled flick is full of fire and destruction from fire, especially near the end when Dusty and his fellow firefighter attempt to extinguish a massive forest fire. It’s also in 3D, which is good and bad.

“I feel like I’m flying with Dusty,” Sam said during the opening scenes of the movie. But near the end as the team battled a massive blaze and the 3D images of fire felt rather real, he said “Mommy, I want to go.”

Because of this, I’m debating whether to take my 3 ½ -year-old son, who has seen the original. So, I’d proceed with caution if you take someone age 4 or younger. But the 5 and up crowd - probably even the tween set - will like it.

And despite the scary parts, Sam asked to see it again.

Do you have any specific questions about the movie? Ask me in the comments section below.

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