A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tolerance of people who are different.
Violence & Scariness
Fistfight. A young boy seems to kill Andre with a shotgun, and there's lots of threatened violence against the seal by the boy's father. Toni in peril, Andre in peril. Toni's dad nearly loses his job.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teenagers caught smoking, Billy gets drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will enjoy this movie, with its adorable, raspberry-blowing, television-loving seal (portrayed by a sea lion), but there's more violence than you would expect for an animal film. Parents will enjoy the soundtrack, filled with '60s oldies. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Due to its episodic structure, ANDRE THE SEAL feels a bit messy, but this fits with the chaotic life of the Whitney family. The mother is impossibly understanding, the motivations are much too simplistic, and the problems are all resolved a bit too neatly at the end. Andre gets to be in an aquarium and be with the family. And, it turns out that Billy's bitterness is because he envies Harry's family and his job, and that he believes (correctly) that he would be a better harbormaster. So, he gets that job (and, one presumes, then becomes a nice guy), and Harry gets to work for the government on marine protection. Still, kids will most likely enjoy this one because of the magic of a girl befriending a seal, and Andre's irrepressible charm.
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