Namu: My Best Friend
Biologist Hank (Robert Lansing) discovers his calling when he studies an Orca whale. The sea creature becomes more than a subject of his research and morphs into a friend -- one that Hank must protect when locals decide he's threatening their livelihood. With the help of a kindhearted woman and her child, Hank may be able to save his pal. Award-winning director László Benedek crafts a riveting story.
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- László Benedek
- This movie is
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Filmed in B&W; color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Namu: My Best Friend is a family film that's meant to debunk myths about killer whales. The film contains several scenes of mild peril. In an opening scene, a whale is shown eating other sea life and blood is shown. A whale is shown dying, but without any blood or gore. There's talk of a child whose father is rumored to have drowned in a sea accident. Also, casual, everyday smoking is shown without consequence, and a wide range of characters are portrayed as gun-toting in this outdoorsy Washington state setting.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- The film contains scenes of mild peril. In an opening scene, a whale is shown eating other sea life and blood is shown. A whale is shown dying, but without any blood or gore. In a few scenes, there is tension between adult characters: In one case, a man takes a shotgun from another man whose aim was to use it; in another, a man grabs a man by the lapels and intimidates him. A man is bumped and chased around in a rowboat by a whale. A kid feeds a whale a piece of fish with hooks stuffed in it, causing the whale great distress.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Namu: My Best Friend espouses positive messages supporting curiosity about nature, appreciation for animals, tolerance for things we don't understand, with an overall pro-preservation, pro-science stance.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The film features a few instances of casual cigarette smoking typical of the era.
- 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