When I Find the Ocean

2006 PG 1h 40m DVD

When I Find the Ocean

2006 PG 1h 40m DVD
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With her faithful dog and pet rabbit in tow, young Lily Strickland (Lily Matland Holly) leaves her mother (Amy Redford) and grandparents (Diane Ladd and Lee Majors) behind to embark on a purposeful journey: to find where her father disappeared at sea years ago. But she also leaves behind her mother's new boyfriend, Dean (Richard Tyson), a man with a disturbingly dark side that only Lily has seen firsthand.
Lee Majors, Graham Greene, Lily Matland Holly, Diane Ladd, Richard Tyson, Bernie Casey, Amy Redford, George Lindsey, David Fralick
Tonya S. Holly
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: 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 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that When I Find the Ocean is a 2006 straight-to-video release that poses a fictional abused runaway girl against a backdrop of racism and the famed Selma, Alabama, segregation protests of 1965. Violence is threatened repeatedly, with KKK sympathizers wielding guns, poachers pointing rifles, and vigilante crowds gunning for an innocent African-American man. A man hits someone who has beaten his granddaughter. Racist, self-serving white people claim the African-American man who rescued Lily has kidnapped her for sexual purposes. A shot is fired to frighten rather than wound. Welt marks are seen on the back of a beaten child. A hungry black panther on the loose is shot with a sedation dart. Expect racist remarks and language, including the "N" word. Many white people are villains, and a Native American man and an African-American man are heroes. "Damn," "hell," and "bitch" are heard.

Sexual Content

An African-American tugboat captain rescues a girl who is caught in a poachers' animal trap, but the white people who illegally laid the trap wrongly suggest the man saved her because of his sexual interest in her. A man and woman kiss passionately with their clothes on. A 12-year-old girl is shown in the bathtub, but only her shoulders and knees are seen.


A man beats his soon-to-be stepdaughter, but we only see the resulting welts after the fact. The girl doesn't tell her family and runs away to escape his abuse. Racist, self-serving white people claim the African-American man who rescued Lily has kidnapped her for sexual purposes, and they beat him. Lily's grandfather punches the man who beat his granddaughter.


"Damn," "darn," "idiot," "hell," "son of a bi ... " (the phrase is not completed), "bitch," the "N" word.

Social Behavior

People should not be judged by their skin color. Children should tell their parents when they're being abused.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults chew tobacco and drink beer.

  • 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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