Parents' Guide to

The Cove

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gruesome, powerful, and inspiring dolphin documentary.

Movie PG-13 2009 92 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Not for kids younger than 14.

This film galvanized my 16 year-old's interest in conservation and humane treatment of all creatures. The violent images were horrifying, even to me, but my teenager was old enough to discuss the pros and cons of the subject with me, and come to a decision about her own position in this debate.

This title has:

Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Documentary, this film will probably turn away many viewers with the promise of gruesome footage of slaughtered dolphins. But The Cove is such a powerful, informative, and inspirational movie that all of the footage somehow meshes as part of the same experience.

It's amazing how the film balances its many storylines in a compact 90 minutes. We learn about the life and career of former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, the efforts of the Japanese government to legally continue their practices, the intelligence and/or awareness of dolphins, the effects of mercury in dolphin meat, and many other facts and opinions. The main drive of the movie -- O'Barry and his team's efforts to set up their cameras to film proof of the dolphin slaughter -- is as suspenseful as a spy film, and the end result is a combination of elating and devastating.

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