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Movie Review of Dolphin Tale

It's a wonderful thing, albeit rare, when Hollywood decides to make a movie that takes a real life event and turns it into 113 minutes of entertainment for the whole family. Knowing ahead of time how much my daughter and I both love dolphins, and how much of a sucker I am for a "makes you cry-but in a GOOD way" type of film, I had high hopes for this one. Let me tell you what they got right — and where they should have stepped away.

THE GOOD: The movie is based on a true story of 'Winter', a young dolphin who becomes tangled in a fishing net, causing irreversible damage to her tail. On his way to school, Sawyer (played by Nathan Gamble) sees her stranded on the shore and with his help, frees her from the roads and assists with the local marine hospital in coming to her rescue. Sawyer is a shy and directionless kid whose father has run off, and Sawyer's mom Lorraine (Ashley Judd) is the single mom trying to make ends meet and feeling helpless that her son seems to be floundering. But when Sawyer's involvement with this Dolphin rescue comes to light, she begins to notice something in her son that she had given up hope of ever seeing — happiness and purpose.

Of course we all know that dolphin's would be hard pressed to swim without their tails, and since Winter's tail has to be surgically removed due to the damage, this leaves the main storyline in full focus — how to build a prosthetic tail for a Dolphin. To the rescue is Dr. Cameron McCarthy (played by Morgan Freeman) who is gainfully employed at a Veteran's hospital making artificial limbs for wounded soldiers, but is soon convinces by young Sawyer …

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