1996 PG 1h 36m DVD

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1996 PG 1h 36m DVD
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Fourteen-year-old Sandy (Elijah Wood) is less than excited to find out he'll be spending an entire summer on an island off the coast of Florida with his Uncle Porter (Paul Hogan), a local fisherman. Sure his summer will be a total bust, Sandy quickly changes his mind after he meets a friendly dolphin named Flipper, as well as a pretty neighbor named Kim (Jessica Wesson). Based on the popular television series of the same name.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
  • Elijah Wood
  • Paul Hogan
  • Jonathan Banks
  • Robert Deacon
  • Ann Carey
  • Mark Casella
  • Luke Halpin
  • Bill Kelley
  • Chelsea Field
  • Jason Fuchs
  • Lindsay Treco
  • Jessica Wesson
  • Isaac Hayes
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age 10+

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.

Sexual Content

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."

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

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.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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