A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
See dolphins at their most delightful, learn facts about the ocean mammals and about dangers to the ecosystem.
Communication, respect for one another, respect for nature, forgiveness, possibility of redemption, courage, and determination.
Positive Role Models
Idyllic family: loving, dependable, concerned for the welfare of others, capable of forgiveness, devoted to earth's creatures, courageous. One villain proves that with support, acknowledgement, and opportunity, redemption is possible. Adult females are capable, independent, and spirited. Minimal ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild suspense: girls missing, humans need rescuing, but never in real danger. Kids hit man with paddle to escape from him. Villain wants to capture wild dolphin.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Loving behavior between a mom and dad.
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Products & Purchases
Marineland of Florida is featured throughout.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bernie the Dolphin 2 is a sequel to 2018's Bernie the Dolphin, a live-action movie about two Florida kids and their connection to Bernie, a wild dolphin. The story picks up one year after the original, upon Bernie's return to the Florida shores. Old villains return, as well. Other than some suspense -- two teen girls briefly missing, a scuffle involving a paddle, and some concern for the welfare of the two kids and the dolphin at the hands of bad guys -- the film is okay for most kids. Marineland of Florida is the setting for the film, and gets the benefit of strong promotion. The movie includes some messages about the value of forgiveness and the possibility of redemption. Though the film will have more resonance for audiences who've seen the first, especially with regard to the backstory of the movie's villains, it's an adventure that can stand on its own. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Dolphins at their most delightful and an idyllic, loving family return in a predictable sequel with few surprises but some positive messages about forgiveness and second chances. Production values are fine. Most of the performances are competent; however, the roles as written are one-dimensional and give the actors little nuance or subtlety to play -- an element that's valuable even in movies made for young audiences. Still, young animal lovers will still find much to enjoy in Bernie the Dolphin 2.
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