Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)




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Two unlikely friends -- a boy and a killer whale -- are reunited under potentially dangerous circumstances in this sequel to the successful family adventure Free Willy. Jesse (Jason James Richter) has finally found stability and contentment with his foster parents Glen and Annie Greenwood (Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson), but he is confronted with a new emotional challenge when his birth mother (a drug addict who abandoned him when he was young) dies, and his troubled half brother Elvis (Francis Capra) comes to live with the Greenwoods. Jesse also deals with new feelings when he develops a serious crush on Nadine (Mary Kate Schellhardt), the goddaughter of Randolph (August Schellenberg), an animal trainer at the theme park where Jesse helps out. But a much bigger problem is on the horizon when the safety of Willy, the killer whale he befriended and helped return to the wild, is threatened. An oil spill spoils the ocean environment where Willy and his family now live, and an unscrupulous owner of an oceanarium, Wilcox (M. Emmet Walsh), attempts to capture Willie and put him back into captivity as a performing attraction. While Free Willy featured Keiko, a trained whale who (ironically) was living in captivity when the film was shot, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home instead utilized mechanical models and digital animation to bring "Willy" to life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family
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August Schellenberg
as Randolph Johnson
Michael Madsen
as Glen Greenwood
Jayne Atkinson
as Annie Greenwood
Jon Tenney
as John Milner
Elizabeth Peña
as Dr. Kate Haley
Mykelti Williamson
as Dwight Mercer
John Considine
as Commander Blake
Steve Kahan
as Captain Nilson
Neal Matarazzo
as Helmsman Kelly
Stephen Kahan
as Captain Nilson
Al Sapienza
as Engineer
Paul Tuerpé
as Milner's Assistant
Wally Dalton
as Engineer
Cliff Fetters
as Engineer
Julie Inouye
as Reporter
Basil Wallace
as Reporter
Janet Wu
as Reporter
June Christopher
as Veterinarian
Doug Ballard
as Veterinarian
Christina Orchid
as Donut Shop Lady
Edward J. Rosen
as Environmental Man
Scott Stuber
as Policeman
Chanel Capra
as Teenage Girl at Ferry
Laura Gary
as Whale Spotter
John Harms
as Protester
Susan Brooks
as Protester
Jeff Brooks
as Protester
Joan Lunden
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

As with most unnecessary sequels, FW2 takes a similar plot -- reunited during a camping trip, Jesse saves Willy and vice versa -- and spreads it thinner, like watered-down tartar sauce.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

This rote sequel will thrill Willy fans.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Fine family entertainment laced with ecological ideas.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

More boy. More whale. More sequel.

July 25, 2002

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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August 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

As far as sequels are concerned, Free Willy 2 is as pointless as they come. The film is terrible, considering that the first was decent. The film doesn't do anything new or exciting and the film is pretty pointless. I don't see why the first needed a sequel. In this film you have a pretty bad cast of actors. I really felt like this film could have been something better, but it wasn't. I felt that the story wasn't that great. The cast seemed to try hard to outdo the original, and they failed miserably. I didn't like this film and I was pretty bored with it. The film is simply awful, and fails to capture what made the original a decent viewing. This sequel is one of the worst that you can see and I just didn't think it was necessary to make. The talent involved is just pitiful and Free Willy 2 is yet another bad sequel in a series of bad sequels. I enjoyed the original when I was younger, and I remember this one quite well too, and like I just stated, it failed to entertain me, and they tried too hard to outdo the original. Free Willy 2 is terrible. Simple as that. The film could have been better, and it shows that it could've been better. The film felt rushed, obviously to cash in on the success of the first, and in the end, it failed to deliver anything entertaining or good for that matter. People, who enjoyed the first film, may want to skip this film because there is nothing going for it that makes it a good film. The plot is poorly written, the acting is bad and the direction is sloppy. A very poor attempt at creating a sequel to what many viewers see as a classic.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An okay sequel to Free Willy. It's not as political and emotional as the first, though.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not quite as original as the first! But still likable!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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