Free Willy 3: The Rescue
Keiko, the Orca star of the Free Willy franchise, is back in this third adventure, which finds Willy happily acclimated to the ocean and having a child in the waters off the Pacific Northwest coast. But there's still danger out there, as Willy's human pal, Jesse (Jason James Richter), discovers when he encounters a local fishing boat illegally harvesting whales.
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- Sam Pillsbury
PGThematic elements involving whale hunting, and for brief mild language
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; orca featurette; trailers.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this third film in the series has a slower, more deliberate pace (and a shorter running time) and a bedtime-story feel to this nature-loving sequel. That's good, since the audience for this sequel to the popular original aimed this film at 5- and 6-year-olds. Most older kids will find the eco-lessons labored andsimplistic. This film touts animal rights and vegetarianism. Some kids may want to become vegetarians after watching this film. On that note, a little boy faces down his fisherman/whaler father about the morality of Dad's occupation. Parents should decide how they want to present animal-rights issues to their children before acquiring this video.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Threatened whale harpoonings. One (human) barroom brawl.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Whale savior Jesse pointedly steals his employer's boat ... but it's for yet another heroic mission.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drunkenness among the adults.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it