Parents' Guide to

The Golden Seal

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Family drama pits tween boy against adult greed.

Movie PG 1983 95 minutes
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Though The Golden Seal has a happy ending, at its heart it's a sad tale. Young Eric lives alone with his parents on a remote Alaskan island, and while they're clearly a loving family, he yearns for companionship. Befriending the seal is the best thing he's ever done, the most fun and the most rewarding. So it's doubly tragic that not only must he drive the seal away to protect her, but Eric's relationship with his father is also changed irrevocably after he sees him give in to greed.

This is a film about a boy, but it's not just a film for kids. In fact, younger children may be confused about why the adults who seem so noble at the start of the film turn out to be not so nice at the end. It's an important lesson for kids to learn, but once they do, they start on the path that ultimately takes them out of childhood. The stunning Alaskan scenery makes this beautiful to watch, and though clunky dialog and stiff acting somewhat mars the film, it doesn't blunt its message.

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