What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 1990s remake of the 1960s TV classic has a scene of a dolphin shot and killed at the beginning, as well as a suspenseful hammerhead shark attack at the end, both of which could be too intense for younger viewers. As a man of the sea, Uncle Porter likes his Budweiser and cigars, both of which are shown throughout the movie. There is mild profanity here and there ("ass," "hell"), but as a whole, in terms of the oft-told story of a boy and his animal (in this case, a supernaturally gifted dolphin), you can do much-much worse.
- Families can talk about how similar stories and themes are treated throughout the decades by film and television. Even if you are not familiar with the 1960s TV series Flipper, how might that show be different -- in terms of characters, story, and handling of environmental themes -- from this film made 30 years later?
- As an attempt, in part, to raise consciousness of the importance of protecting dolphins and oceans from poaching and pollution, how effective was this film?
- How accurately do you think this film depicts the day-to-day realities of fishermen trying to earn a living, residents of ocean communities trying to keep their environment as pristine as possible, and law enforcement working to balance all of these demands?