While swimming free in the ocean, a young dolphin gets caught in a trap and severely damages her tail. A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles him, believing the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail.
When I write the "Cookie Awards" in my annual Oscar-season column for the Quad-City Times, I always include this category: Most Embarrassing Crying Spell. There is no question which movie will 'win' the award. I bawled when I watched 'Dolphin Tale.'
In the hands of actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, this kid-centric drama provides a welcome family option with positive values and a minimum of frantic, noisy CGI. It's a tale told on a human (and animal) scale.