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Free Willy

children & family, drama

A boy named Jesse and a whale named Willy develop an intense bond that helps Jesse open up in his life.Can Jesse save Willy from an evil park owner and free his friend from captivity?

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
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Violence & scariness
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A wayward boy befriends a moody killer whale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is farfetched, but it's also very enjoyable. Plot complications (like insurance fraud) may be a little complex for many younger viewers. But kids, particularly animal lovers, will want to see this.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about orca biology and behavior -- you might follow up with some online whale research together.
  • There's also plenty of save the whales stumping, which might excite any budding activists.
  • Talk about right and wrong? Is it okay for them to do whatever it takes to save Willy?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Audience Reviews

0 star

Boy meets whale, boy looses whale, boy finds whale and sets him free. Willy should have bitten his head off though as it would have been more entertaining!

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

4 stars

favourite movie apart from the never ending story as a kid

- TomBowler, Friday, July 31, 2009

2 stars

I was a soulless youth and had very little patience for dumbass animal movies. This was one of them. Flash forward to a slightly tipsy night in Tahoe, ten years later, and I find that my feelings about dumbass animal movies have not changed. Lori Petty deserves some sort of award made out of plastic for having the worst Hollywood career trajectory ever. Tank Girl...Free Willy? The next logical step is Backdoor Sluts 9.

- ceWEBrity, Monday, August 18, 2008