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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sweet story of a shy girl and a seal.

Movie PG 1994 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Cute movie but not impressed.

Picked this up for my kids based on reviews from here Was shocked to find the words H**L, A*S, D**N all in it! Also young kids smoking. Lots of drinking and anger and fighting. Would suggest a little older age.
age 12+

my kids liked it for a while then got bored. slow moving story. stressful family dynamics and drinking are going on throughout a good portion of the movie. we turned it off when one dad slugged another dad(who was drunk).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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