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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Movie Review: Dolphin Tale

We still have pizza and a movie night every Friday.  We have been doing it for years, since before Christian was born.  Sometimes the pizza changes from homemade, frozen, french bread, calzones, or even on the rare occasion take-out.  The children love to be able to sit in the family room and watch a movie.  It is their favorite day of the week.

I had heard great things about the movie Dolphin Tale, and have been waiting (not so patiently) for it to become available through Netflix.  We finally got it yesterday, just in time for pizza and a movie.

Dolphin Tale is based on the amazing true story of Winter, a dolphin who was caught in a crab trap, and had to have her tail removed to survive.  Through the combined effort of the young boy who saved her, The Clear Water Marine Aquarium, and Dr. McCarthy (who specializes in Prosthetics) they are able to create a new tail for Winter and save the dolphin's life.

This is the kind of movie you want your family to see.  It is inspiring and uplifting.  There is nothing objectionable in the movie.  No bad language, poorly done romantic scenes, no violence, or even any blatant advertising.  We even enjoyed the soundtrack.  My entire family (well not the baby, 2 years old and up) loved this movie.  If you are a homeschooler and you haven't heard already, you may be interested to know that one of the characters in the movie is homeschooled.  I honestly wish that I had not waited for it from Netflix, that I just went out and bought the movie.  Dolphin Tale is the kind of movie you want to have on your family movie shelf.

One thing I did want to mention is that it is a little long.  The movie is 1 hour and 53 minutes, so if you have little ones they may not want to sit and watch the whole time.  My two year old (girl) did, but my 4 year old boy played with his cars while he watched.  He liked it but there was no way he was sitting and watching for that long.  He needed something to keep his hands busy.

After we watched the movie, the children wanted to see Winter.  So we visited her website and watched her via webcam at www.seewinter.com.
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