Some dolphins are luckier than others. After getting caught in a crab trap off the coast of Florida, a wounded dolphin named Winter gets rescued on the beach by a boy named Sawyer (Nathan Gamble). Members of the nearby Clearwater Marine Hospital help transport the sociable dolphin to their facility where they hope to rehabilitate the wounded mammal. Sadly, Winter's damaged tale has to be removed. Harry Connick, Jr. plays Dr. Clay Haskett, whose gregarious daughter Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) befriends Sawyer. Hazel invites Sawyer to spend his summer days helping with Winter's recovery. Hope comes for Winter's survival when a local prosthetics doctor (Morgan Freeman) generously agrees to design a prosthetic tail to help Winter swim without damaging the animal’s delicate spine. "Dolphin Tale" is a sweet children's movie. There are no big explosions, rude humor, or green-eyed monsters -- just a heartwarming true story about people who care for one very special dolphin. Ashely Judd and Kris Kristofferson also star.
Rated PG. 112 mins. (B) (Three Stars - out of five/no halves)