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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Warmhearted remake of TV classic has some scary moments.

Movie PG 1996 95 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Good but some warnings

Has a scene about 15-20 minutes in where the boy is looking at Playboy Magazine. Some cigar smoking and drinking and a few cuss words.

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For kids who love dolphins, the film is filled with plenty of the ever-playful Flipper bonding with children. There is no denying that this is a mid-'90s film, though (check out Elijah Wood's concert tees for proof). And as a remake of the television show from 30 years prior, the attempt at making FLIPPER up-to-date and hip to younger viewers of the 1990s might not be entertaining to younger viewers of today. While the movie deviates significantly from its source material, the link between the two is the love of dolphins, and, by extension, the ocean's fragile ecosystem.

It's a familiar-enough storyline -- new city kid hates the boring smalltown, grows to love it -- and the occasional scenes of smoking, drinking, profanity, and ocean violence (be it fishermen with guns, or notorious hammerhead sharks on the prowl) may be too much for younger viewers. But this version of Flipper does manage to preach values of protecting dolphins and the environment without being, well, preachy.

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