A Dolphin’s Tale: A Four Hanky Movie

MV5BMTk2NTQwMTU5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTU0MzE0NQ@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Off for the Jewish holidays, I took my kids to the movie theater, along with all the other non-Jews in town. We saw A Dolphin's Tale. There's a sharp drop off in the quality of kids' films after the Pixar years and before grown-up movies, so I didn't have high hopes for this movie. I figured that I could catch up on e-mail during the movie, if it really sucked. 

It actually didn't suck. In fact, I spent most of the movie choking back tears. 

The movie is about a kid who bonds with a beached dolphin that loses his tail to an infection. The disabled dolphin ultimately learns to swim with the aid of a prosthetic fin designed by Morgan Freeman. The dolphin ends up saving the boy, his cousin who was injured in the war, his mom, an aquarium, and the entire community. Yes, it's very corny, but when Morgan Freeman says that disabled people aren't broken, I couldn't stop crying. 


5 thoughts on “A Dolphin’s Tale: A Four Hanky Movie

  1. It wasn’t bad. I did briefly tear-up. I liked how they showed enough restraint not to have the one kid’s dad propose to the other kid’s mom and Morgan Freeman announce he is a triple threat (doctor, prosthetic designer, preacher) who will do the ceremony right there in the tank.

  2. Saw it tonight with my “little sister” who is dealing with all sort of stuff that a 13 year old simply shouldn’t deal with…and both of us were in tears by the end of the movie. Morgan Freeman’s “broken” message rang true for us too, even though no physical disabilities are in our world. A completely corny movie. But one that touched us deeply.
    (MH, I too was glad that the two single parents didn’t ride off into the sunset. But perhaps they are saving that for Dolphin Tale 2?)

  3. To be fair, Shakespeare would have married the single parents in the last scene. Probably also married the wounded veteran to the dolphin-scientist who apparently spends he whole life standing in pools and frowning.

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