Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

  • Review Date: March 3, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Predictable sequel will thrill Willy fans; some peril.
  • Review Date: March 3, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This movie shows, through talk and example, the importance of loving wildlife and protecting it from environmental dangers. It also shows the importance of family -- in this case, two parents with adopted sons from the same mother -- in working through problems great and small.

Positive role models

Jesse loves nature, the marine life around him, and, especially, the killer whale Free Willy; he cares about the environment and always keeps the best interest of the killer whales in mind. Jesse's half-brother Elvis learns to stop lying and grows to appreciate and care for marine life as much as Jesse does. Glenn and Annie teach a love of nature and marine life to their two adopted sons and work hard to overcome the difficulties of bringing two half-brothers under the same roof for the first time.

Violence & scariness

Some peril. Three kids are trapped on a boat, surrounded by oil-covered water that has caught fire. One boy falls from his harness after nearly getting into the rescue helicopter.

Sexy stuff

A brief kiss between tweens; some kissy-kissy talk between a tween and his younger half-brother. A father tries to initiate a talk about "coming of age" and sex with his tween son.

Language

"Sucks."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home is the 1995 second sequel to the Free Willy franchise. It is, at its core, a wholesome movie with plenty of lessons to teach about the love of the environment and marine life and the need to protect them from oil spills and other dangers. There is one awkward attempt at a sex discussion between a father and his tween son when he hears rumors that the tween has been kissing a girl he has just met. There also is some peril, as the kids on a sinking motorboat are surrounded by flaming, oil-covered water, with seemingly no chance of escape.

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What's the story?

In this sequel, a Free Willy cast reunion takes place just offshore, with the marine mammals once again in peril and an extended human family still learning to get along. Jesse (Jason James Richter) is living happily with his foster parents until his troubled biological mom dies and half-brother Elvis becomes part of his family. Then an oil spill threatens the now-free killer whale Willy and his family. As if that's not enough for Jesse to handle, an amusement park owner sets out to capture the whale.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

You'd think there wouldn't be much to add to the Free Willy saga after Willy was freed, and you'd be right (unless you count the real-life movement to release Keiko, the captive orca used in these movies). FREE WILLY 2: THE ADVENTURE HOME treads some pretty familiar waters; it's not unlike a "Flipper" episode on steroids, especially in the action-filled climax, when whales and boys confront an ocean that's turned into sheets of flame.

But the first movie wasn't so much about stunts as the surprisingly touching relationship between Jesse and the troubled sea creature (Flipper never had such a bad attitude). There's an attempted substitute here in the emotional subplot of Jesse's jealousy, rivalry, and reconciliation with Elvis, his obnoxious sibling. Much of their dramatics takes place in the midst of an environmental inferno. The producers correctly intuited that this brotherly spat alone would leave much of the audience cold.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the children put themselves at risk. How much risk is too much? How should kids handle deciding whether to take risks?

  • How is this movie similar to and different from other movies in which wild animals and kids share a special bond?

  • How accurately do you think this movie shows the damage that an oil spill can cause to the environment?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 5, 2001
DVD release date:June 5, 2001
Cast:Francis Capra, Jason James Richter, Michael Madsen
Director:Dwight H. Little
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Great boy role models, Ocean creatures, Wild animals
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:emotional intensity

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Kid, 12 years old January 22, 2012
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7
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Great movie!!

Great sequel! There is more violence then the first one but is really nothing. Jesse does get a little girl crazy and there is a small kiss and holding hands but just mild. Glen also says tells Jesse that kissing can lead to sex and Elvis mutters the D-word twice but other than that is is a really good, heartwarming movie.
Teen, 14 years old Written bygilly_boy April 9, 2012
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6
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Interesting

I have to admit is was good, actually, I wanted to see this on Youtube but I would have to pay to see so I waited for it to show up on TV and it did. It was amazing to see Willy's family although a little sad that Jessie's mom died. Plus, what the heck did the word 's**' come up. The the movie without that word popping up. It was cute to see the kiss though. Although the flames were new. Other than that it was a good movie, I have to admit well put together.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byhomealonefan123 December 18, 2011
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good movie

this movie is so awesome i was excited before i watched it

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