Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1990s remake of the 1960s TV classic has a scene of a dolphin shot and killed at the beginning, as well as a suspenseful hammerhead shark attack at the end, both of which could be too intense for younger viewers. As a man of the sea, Uncle Porter likes his Budweiser and cigars, both of which are shown throughout the movie. There is mild profanity here and there ("ass," "hell"), but as a whole, in terms of the oft-told story of a boy and his animal (in this case, a supernaturally gifted dolphin), you can do much-much worse.
As he settles into his new life on Coral Key, young Sandy is shown reading one of his uncle's copies of Playboy.
Early in the film, a dolphin is shot and killed by an angry man on a boat who believes the dolphins are interfering with his fishing. Later in the film, a hammerhead shark notorious for attacking people is shown circling and attacking one of the main characters. One character punches out the other, knocking him into the water.
"Hell" is said twice; one character calls another a "smart ass," and early in the film, Sandy tells another character "eat my butt."
Dolphins are part of a fragile ecosystem that must be protected. Family, friendship, and community can fight back against pollution stemming from short-term greed.
Budweiser cans are prevalent throughout the movie. As Sandy begins bonding with Flipper, they are seen playing catch with a Pepsi can.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Uncle Porter is often seen with cans of Budweiser, drinking and, in one scene, pouring beer into a pelican's mouth. He also smokes cigars. Sandy is intrigued by this; at first, he pretends to smoke cigars, but when he is caught by Porter actually smoking one, Porter teaches him a lesson by making him smoke cigars until he throws up.