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Soaring high above the fields of France in a fragile, open-cockpit biplane, outracing better-equipped German aircraft, and knowing the average life expectancy of someone in your line of work is at most six weeks: this was the daring and heroic story of the men of the Lafayette Escadrille, the first American fighter-pilot squadron to see action in World War I, when a few brave young men volunteered to fight for democracy.
Action Adventure War - This is an old fashioned WWI war movie with lots of fighter plane
action. This is a movie aimed toward men though some of the young
stars may hold female appeal. There is a fair amount of violence
that may be too strong for children.
PROFANITY: 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings; glimpses of bloody wounds; plane crashes.. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking. ACTION: Many scenes of aerial combat. COMEDY: Some cute kid humor and comic banter.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Those amazing young heroes from the second decade of the last century -- our first true fighter pilots -- deserve so much more than what's served up in this very disappointing attempt.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average It's a pedestrian rendering of a potentially exciting tale that seems a natural for the movies: a disparate group of young Americans learn life lessons as they master aeronautics and risk their lives on a heroic mission. But Flyboys is run aground by a cringe-inducing script.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 226 moviegoers:
ALL AGES MALE AND FEMALE: WOW! The professional critics certainly missed on this one. They rated "Fly Boys" average and below average while MOVIEGOERS LOVED THIS ROMANTIC DRAMA! With over half rating it "Fantastic" or "Excellent" and just a small percentage rating it as low as "Good," "FLYBOYS" IS A MUST SEE MOVIE!
In 1917, prior to the official entry into the war by the United States, the Allied powers of France, England and Italy were on the ropes against the German juggernaut. Some altruistic young Americans volunteered to fight alongside their counterparts in France. Some joined the infantry, others chose the Ambulance Corps. But 38 young men had a different idea: they decided to learn how to fly.
Their motivations for enlisting may have been different: Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) is searching for his purpose following the bank's foreclosure of his family ranch, Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine) is shamed into joining by his disciplinarian father, while African-American expatriate boxer Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis) vows to repay his debt to his adopted, racially-tolerant country. But under the command of French Captain Thenault (Jean Reno) and the leadership of American veteran Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson), these young American men took to the air with honor everyday as they risked their lives, not just in facing the formidable German aggressors, but also in boarding their newly-invented, mechanically-imperfect aircraft, which were being used in combat for the first time.