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.
The sea was beautiful and we already bought the tickets to Florida.