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"RED TAILS"
(2012) (David Oyelowo, Nate Parker) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Moderate
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: African-American pilots strive for better aircraft and actual combat missions while they serve in Italy during WWII.
PLOT:
It's 1944 and members of the 332nd Fighter Group, a.k.a. the Tuskegee Airmen, are stationed in Italy under the command of Major Emmanuel Stance (CUBA GOODING JR.). Due to the racial inequalities of the time, they're operating with antiquated planes and are stuck behind enemy lines, despite the efforts of Colonel A.J. Bullard (TERRENCE HOWARD) back at the Pentagon to convince the military brass otherwise.

That doesn't sit well with maverick pilot Joe "Lightning" Little (DAVID OYELOWO) who wants to prove his worth and thus ends up taking unnecessary risks, much to the dismay of his friend and the squadron's captain, Marty "Easy" Julian (NATE PARKER). They fly along with the likes of fellow pilots Ray "Junior" Gannon (TRISTAN WILDS), Andrew "Smokey" Salem (NE-YO), Samuel "Joker" George (ELIJAH KELLEY), Leon "Neon" Edwards (KEVIN PHILLIPS), David "Deke" Watkins (MARCUS T. PAULK) and newcomer Maurice Wilson (MICHAEL B. JORDAN), while mechanic Antwan "Coffee" Coleman (ANDRE ROYO) chastises them if they get any of their planes shot with holes.

As Bullard continues on his quest to get his men better assignments and equipment, Easy tries to keep Lightning from risking his life or that of others -- that is, when the maverick pilot isn't wooing a local Italian woman, Sofia (DANIELA RUAH) -- while Lightning strives to get his captain off the bottle.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're into WWII flicks, are interested in the real life story of the Tuskegee Airmen and/or are fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some sequences of war violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • DAVID OYELOWO plays one of the Tuskegee pilots who's frustrated by not being...


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