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"THE WHALE"
(2022) (Brendan Fraser, Hong Chau) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A severely obese man who's dying from congestive heart failure tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
PLOT:

Charlie (BRENDAN FRASER) is a severely obese writing instructor who teaches classes online, although without the camera on so that his students can't see him. His only friend seems to be Liz (HONG CHAU), a medical professional who drops in every day to check on him. She's worried about him having congestive heart failure, but he refuses to go to the ER or see anyone about that.

She isn't pleased to find Thomas (TY SIMPKINS), a young and eager missionary in Charlie's place, what with having been adopted into the family that started the ministry where Thomas works. She also doesn't want him to see his teenage daughter, Ellie (SADIE SINK), who he abandoned in the past along with his then-wife, Mary (SAMANTHA MORTON), for one of his male students.

But Charlie wants to connect with Ellie and thus offers to help her with her high school writing assignments, something the bitter teen only agrees to when Charlie says he'll pay her. As he tries to reconnect with her and with repeat visits by Thomas, Charlie must contend with his failing health.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Some older teens might have some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language, some drug use, and sexual content.


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