Dolphins may not be your thing, but as far as movies about dolphins go, Dolphin Tale 2 is as good as it can be. (Still, my favorite dolphin movie has to be Day of the Dolphin starring George C. Scott. Dolphin assassins who understand English? What’s not to love?) In the latest Dolphin Tale, Winter spirals into a depression following the death of her companion, Panama. The movie’s biggest dramatic concern involves the government threatening to take Winter away if Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) and his teenage marine biologist wannabes (Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff) cannot match her with a new companion. Apparently, it’s against the law to keep a dolphin confined alone. Who knew? But Dolphin Tale 2 is such a nice movie; even its government stooge (played by writer-director Charles Martin Smith, whom you might recognize from American Graffiti and The Untouchables) isn’t too bad. Fortunately, a tiny new dolphin named Hope arrives at the Clearwater Marine Hospital. Smith does a fine job concocting situations from the real life events that occurred at Clearwater. The best subplot involves an injured sea turtle and the first movie’s scene-stealing pelican, Rufus. It’s hard to really care about young Sawyer Nelson’s quandary about whether or not he should leave his dolphin pal for a free semester at sea. Kid needs to reset his priorities. With few new movies available, parents will find this family movie to be a fine afternoon diversion. They might end up enjoying it a bit themselves.
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