Set in St. Augustine, Florida, 'Bernie the Dolphin' is a family adventure about a brother and sister who befriend a badly sunburned dolphin separated from his family and uncover a secret plan that could destroy the beach and their new friend's home. The kids must devise a clever plan to stop the bad guys, protect the sea life, and, most importantly, save their best friend, Bernie.Written by
I went into this movie sort of expecting it to be a a bit of a 21st century version of 'Flipper'. It isn't. Instead it's a cheaply made, averagely acted, predictably plotted caper movie. There is surprisingly little animal action or underwater footage. There is a strong environmental message, however. It also features one of the most irritating child actors I have encountered in a long time. That's my adult perspective though. Preteen kids will lap this movie up and that's the demographic it's aimed at. At just under 90 minutes in length, that age group won't be bored with this movie. Mine weren't anyway. From that perspective then, this movie is a success and I note that a sequel seems to be in the works, so the producers have obviously done something right.
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