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February 24, 2017
As Good as Free Willy
½ September 21, 2016
The dolphin's cute but the relationship developed is contrived and feels shoehorned into a family drama between Elijah Wood and Paul Hogan (of all people). Given that it's the whole point of the film, this is a bad thing.
August 30, 2016
Paul Hogan has some clever dialogue, and the dolphins are beautiful. There were a few laugh out loud moments, but unfortunately, it was bogged down by a generic story of a boy meeting a dolphin, and developing a friendship on the spot! Doesn't the hit song, "Will you be there?" ring a bell!? Also kinda dark and violent for a family summer film! Still, it's......meh.
July 4, 2016
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½ February 12, 2016
Flipper is delightfully heartwarming and funny and delivers a certain "Free Willy" spirit that equally anchored by charming performances of Paul Hogan and Elijah Wood.
November 26, 2015
A great movie for the entire family.
August 13, 2015
Is the dolphin show at Sea World too trilling for you? Then this vanilla offering should be more your pace. Cloying, boring, predictable, pointless, and stupid.
August 10, 2015
Messed up and trashy.
May 29, 2015
If you've come to read a full review of 1996's Flipper, read on. If you want a quick overview, the film is basically 97 minutes of Elijah Wood, Paul Hogan, and a dolphin.
Flipper is one of those film's that were completely capable of doing something right. This movie could have been an instant hit with Alan Shapiro's clever directing style, but nope, the story was terrible. You're probably thinking, what's the problem? A boy befriends a dolphin with his uncle, Crocodile Dundee. Doesn't sound half bad, right? The overall plot is just fine. The actions and events in this movie are often dumb and unnecessary.
First of all, Sandy (Wood) is dropped off at his Uncle Porter's (Hogan), which is located in at a beautiful, tropical beach that is absolute paradise. Sandy tries to escape from the area probably twice in the movie because he'd much rather be at a Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert. This tells me right off the bat that this is gonna be a bad 90s flick.
Unlike the 1963 film, Sandy is very lazy. He spends his time playing on his GameBoy, reading Playboy, and wishing he was at a concert that he is capable of seeing sometime else. I wish it wasn't this way, because now that I have been introduced to a teen who's lazy, and not to mention, an a$$hole, how can I expect him to be trusted with an injured dolphin?
Luckily, things go smoothly, with some pretty memorable scenes with Sandy and the dolphin he found. The dolphin is then named Flipper by Sandy. It turns out that the dolphin was injured by Dirk Moran (Jonathan Banks), who is known as the local ''Bounty Hunter'' when it comes to innocent wildlife. Banks pulled the performance off. Sadly, we have to deal with random characters, such as Kathy (Chelsea Field) and her son, Marvin (Jason Fuchs). While they have a reason to be in the film, and make an impact, they add an element to the film that makes it flat out complicated.
The point is, this film, which is an attempt to make a modern Flipper, with GameBoys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, boating technology, and a boring 1996 teen, just doesn't work. I invite you to watch the 1963 Flipper and it's TV series for dolphin entertainment.
April 28, 2015
Can't we give back Hogan to the Aussies yet,isn't two Croc Dundee movies enough punishment.
February 6, 2015
Written and directed by Alan Shapiro (The Christmas Star (1986) and The Crush (1993)), this is a remake of James B. Clark's 1963 film of the same name which spawned a sequel and a television series in it's wake. This was made as an attempt to rival the success of the Free Willy films going on at the time, and while there was a lot of hype, nothing came of it. Which is a shame, as it's an old fashioned family adventure. Teenager Sandy Ricks (Elijah Wood) is sent off for the summer to stay with his uncle Porter (Paul Hogan) who runs a fishing trawler on the seaside island town of Coral Key, just off the Florida Keys. Sandy is upset at having to spend the summer there, especially as he'll be missing a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert. But, things change when after witnessing Porter's rival and enemy Dirk Moran (Christopher Banks) shooting at a pod of dolphins, and one of the dolphins gets separated from the pod in the chaos. This dolphin follows Sandy and Porter back to the mainland, and Sandy soon becomes friends with the dolphin, who he names Flipper. It's a sentimental family film, but it's the sort you don't really get anymore, as they'd get accused of being mawkish and sugary. But, this manages to be compelling enough for an hour and a half, and there's some beautiful cinematography in the film, both above and below the water.
December 28, 2014
Watching right now!!!
½ October 11, 2014
A favourite from my childhood; from Paul Hogan blowtorching his toast to Flipper ripping off kids, the film does well to switch from comedy to a serious tone throughout its runtime.
July 21, 2014
Aided by terrific casting, "Flipper" is a surpringly well made children's film that is faithful to the TV show that inspired it.
June 10, 2014
am remember watching the movie when was little
March 13, 2014
Cute movie with a young Elijah Wood.
August 16, 2013
A harmless family film with Paul Hogan in good form.
½ March 16, 2013
Wonderful story, my family loved that and I had to watch it more... :)
The sea was beautiful and we already bought the tickets to Florida.
February 21, 2013
A boy makes friends with a dolphin. The Flipper name comes with a legacy of well documented animal cruelty for the sake of entertainment, so it was a little tasteless to dust it off the shelf to begin with. It doesn't help at all that this film is dull and lacking in creativity.
February 15, 2013
There's enough genuine heart in the movie to prevent it from being anywhere near bad.
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