(2014) (Nathan Gamble, Harry Connick, Jr.) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A teenager and his fellow coworkers at a marine rescue center try to figure out how to bring their star dolphin -- that's equipped with a prosthetic tail -- out of her depression following the old-age death of her dolphin companion.
- It's been a few years since teenager Sawyer Nelson (NATHAN GAMBLE) helped rescue a stranded and injured dolphin -- named Winter -- that was rehabilitated in a marine rescue center run by Dr. Clay Haskett (HARRY CONNICK JR.). Sawyer's single mom, Lorraine (ASHLEY JUDD), no longer worries about him being unmotivated like he was prior to that event, but encourages him to make a decision about whether to accept a three month, at-sea scholarship program that's been offered to him. Clay and his teenage daughter, Hazel (COZI ZUEHLSDORFF) -- who also works at the center -- think it's a no-brainer, as does Clay's father, Reed (KRIS KRISTOFFERSON), along with Sawyer's older cousin and war vet, Kyle (AUSTIN STOWELL), who's spending the summer working there while on summer vacation from college.
Sawyer's concern is that Winter has become depressed following the old-age death of her dolphin companion, and is no longer wearing the prosthetic tale that Dr. Cameron McCarthy (MORGAN FREEMAN) devised for her years earlier. That not only has the staff there concerned, but also investor Phillip Hordern (TOM NOWICKI) who's worried that Winter's absence from the public eye might affect visitor attendance at the facility that he's helped transform into a popular aquarium.
The situation becomes even more dire when it's learned that Winter's refusal to wear her tail is adversely affecting her health, something noted by a USDA inspector who also writes up the center for breaking the rules of having a solitary dolphin without a companion. As Sawyer noodles through what decision to make, he and the others try to figure out how to bring Winter out of her funk, including the potentially dicey possibility of introducing her to another rescued dolphin.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they liked the first "Dolphin Tale" they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some mild thematic elements.
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