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"BIG MIRACLE"
(2012) (Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski) (PG)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: In 1988, a reporter inspires everyone from Greenpeace and Big Oil to the White House and the Soviet Union to get involved in freeing three gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in Alaska.
PLOT:
In 1988, a family of three gray whales became trapped beneath rapidly forming ice in Alaska. The story was first reported by local newsman, Adam Carlson (JOHN KRASINSKI), who dreams of landing a job stateside and senses the whales' plight could be his ticket to bigger and better things. His story goes national and attracts the attention of multiple people: Greenpeace activist and former girlfriend, Rachel (DREW BARRYMORE); hotshot L.A. reporter Jill Jerard (KRISTEN BELL); and White House staffer Kelly Meyers (VINESSA SHAW), who senses this could be just the thing to shore up President Reagan's spotty environmental record.

Also looking for positive PR is oil industry executive J.W. McGraw (TED DANSON), whose wife, Ruth (KATHY BAKER), convinces him that whoever saves those whales will look like a hero to the world. He manages to convince the military under the command of Colonel Scott Boyer (DERMOT MULRONEY) to use his helicopters and a special ice-cutting barge to free the whales who have now been affectionately nicknamed Fred, Wilma, and Bam Bam.

Plummeting temperatures and the fact that Bam Bam has fallen ill and is severely scarred from banging his head against the jagged ice start to complicate matters. Eventually, some very unlikely sources play a key role in a last-ditch rescue effort. They include Malik (JOHN PINGAYAK) and Nathan (AHMAOGAK SWEENEY), a native Inupiat grandfather and his grandson; Karl (JAMES LeGROS) and Dean (ROB RIGGLE), two Minnesota inventors who believe they have a de-icing gizmo that can help; and a nearby Soviet naval ship.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes. The film will appeal to those kids who enjoyed "Dolphin Tale" and the various Disneynature films.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • DREW BARRYMORE plays a headstrong, uncompromising, ultra-liberal Greenpeace activist who...


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