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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A long-separated father and daughter struggle to form a relationship. The girl is troubled and does drugs and drinks, but her interactions with nature and her father help her change for the better.
Violence & Scariness
Some yelling and arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple lies in bed, with backs bare.
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Quite clean, save for the occasional use of "idiot," "moron," and "pissed off."
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Products & Purchases
Mention of the iPod; discussion of how to turn pristine beachfront into a theme park.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character -- a 14-year-old girl -- smokes pot and gets drunk. Some beer drinking in a resort setting (by adults).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this lackluster family drama includes scenes in which the main character, a 14-year-old girl, smokes a joint and later appears to pass out from drinking. On the up side, her interactions with the dolphins, nature, and her father prompt a profound, positive change in her outlook and behavior. While older tweens and teens may enjoy the movie -- especially the scenes with the dolphins -- younger viewers may be bogged down by the drama between Alyssa and her father and between him and the town council. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This heartfelt family drama has good intentions but ultimately falls short. The gorgeous Bahamian landscape is well-served by director of photography Guy Livnet. It's rendered in saturated colors, the perfect paradise to soothe Alyssa's unsettled soul. But the action takes a while to pick up, and though the slow pacing might be intentional -- perhaps it's a nod to languid Bahamian life? -- it lacks ample tension for a story with built-in conflicts. It's not until father and daughter finally face off that Eye of the Dolphin finally gets in the swim of things (barely).
On the plus side, Schroeder is inspired as Alyssa, a lost child looking for mooring (she won a Best Child Actor award at the International Family Film Festival). But in the end, the film ultimately stumbles from slack pacing, clichéd setups, and lackluster dialogue.
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