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Parents' Guide to

The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Family-friendly mystery has some peril, positive messages.

Movie G 2022 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Really good!

This teenager drama has some language including s***t is said a couple times, but overall it shows teamwork and positive thinking

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 2+

Lame plot, but with enough heart to carry it to the end.

I thought the film lacked the treasure-hunting adventure I thought it would be. The film's plot was a little poor and underdeveloped. Some scenes didn't make sense, and some of the props could have been improved. On the positive side, the casting and acting were generally well done, as well as most lighting and camera shots. Overall, there were just enough witty jokes and suspense and adventure, as lame as the plot was, to carry the movie to the end.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay is a pleasant story with a mystery that's actually fun to solve. Though it's not a complete mind bender, younger viewers may enjoy trying to determine what's happening in the bay, why the dolphins are leaving, and what's going on with the ghost. It's nice to see repeated references to environmentalism and working through hypotheses and experiments while the teens work at their internship. But the relationships outside of their work often feel obnoxious and unnecessary.

The movie had potential to be a strong story about girls teaming up to solve a case, but instead spends too much time on teen girl drama. Two of the girls seem to care more about popularity and boys than the internship or the mystery at hand. Though that might be bothersome for some viewers eager to see the combined efforts of girl power, it does offer a realistic look at how friendships shift and evolve through the years. Though the scenes with tension between friends are often uncomfortable, there's redemption (though brief) near the end.

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