Beneath the Blue
By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fact-based dolphin tale has some tense moments.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's possible to forgive people who have betrayed you. "We all have a compass. All we have to do is find it and trust it." We are all capable of overcoming challenges if we try.
Positive Role Models
Alyssa and her dad are caring, dedicated marine-life research scientists. They treat dolphins humanely. They are smart and seemingly well-educated. A dolphin poacher bamboozles an innocent into helping her steal a dolphin, then threatens to ruin him if he exposes her. Craig makes a mistake and does his best to atone for it.
Violence & Scariness
A dolphin is subdued and abducted by black-market thieves. A woman holds a gun to someone's head. She also threatens to derail someone's career if he reveals her nefarious plot. A girl dives too deep, loses consciousness, and is rescued.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A girl is attracted to a newcomer. Her friends push them together. "His eyes was all over you, girl," one says. The girls all wear bikinis. There is talk of flirting, but only kissing is seen.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
"Crap," "screw up."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hawk wants to have a beer.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beneath the Blue is a 2010 drama that depicts marine-life scientists protecting dolphins from poachers and government sonar testing. Dolphins at this Bahamas lab learn to communicate with humans. One of them gets abducted but is later returned. A woman holds a gun to someone's head. She also threatens to derail someone's career if he reveals her nefarious plot. A girl dives too deep, loses consciousness, and is rescued. Girls swim in bikinis. There is talk of flirting, but only kissing is seen.
To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Where to Watch
Videos and Photos
Beneath the Blue
There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
What's the Story?
BENEATH THE BLUE is a 2010 drama that addresses the concerns of many marine-life scientists trying to protect dolphins from poachers and lethal underwater government sonar testing. An actual court case about Navy testing is cited. Alyssa (Caitlin Wachs) helps her scientist father, Hawk (David Keith), who has developed a language humans and dolphins can use to communicate with each other. When Craig (Paul Wesley), an attractive young man, inserts himself into the lab, Caitlin falls for him but (spoiler alert) he turns out to be a spy for a dolphin poacher. It's later revealed that Craig, an undercover ensign in the U.S. Navy, thought he was following legitimate Navy orders but was in fact being manipulated by a greedy rogue lieutenant. The dolphin is abducted and recovered.
Is It Any Good?
The filmmakers do a solid and intelligent job of weaving a fictional tale of romance and marine biology espionage with the facts of a real-life legal dispute. The conflict here is between environmentalists and the U.S. Navy over its lethal underwater sonar-testing policy. This sequel (with a different cast) to the 2006 Eye of the Dolphin, was also shot in the Bahamas. Underwater footage of humans romping with playful dolphins is beautiful and engaging.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the movie's message. Does it seem like an evenhanded look at efforts to save marine wildlife?
Do you think a fictional portrayal is an effective way of explaining a real-life problem to an audience? How would a documentary or TV news story do it differently?
How can you tell if the information in a fictionalized portrayal is trustworthy?
- On DVD or streaming: November 16, 2010
- Cast: Caitlin Wachs, David Keith, Paul Wesley
- Director: Michael D. Sellers
- Studio: Media Inception Group
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Ocean Creatures
- Run time: 92 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: for thematic elements, some language and mild sensuality
- Last updated: October 7, 2022
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Watch
Our Editors Recommend
Best Animal Movies for Kids
Best Animated Animal Movies
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate