After a huge storm ravages a seaside community, a boy befriends a dolphin.
And that pretty much is the story. There are some side plots and escapades but it is fairly straightforward and dull. Even silly sometimes.
There are some cute moments however, and these are the only things that sustain the movie.
Performances are mostly lacklustre. Luke Halpin is okay(ish) as the boy - not as irritating as many actors of that age. The adult performances are mostly quite flat. Mitzie the dolphin (as Flipper) easily gives the most convincing performance in the movie...
Not even sure kids will enjoy this much. Other than the scenes involving the dolphin there's not much to enjoy.
But the story works well largely because the acting is good and absence of overbearing sentiment that we often get with movies such as Free Willy. No doubt it's a feel good movie, but it's a feel good movie that was made before the formula became so worn out. There is an honesty to it all. Clearly this film was made to tell a good feel good story instead of just made to make big bucks.