Dolphin Tale is based, apparently, on a true situation of a saved dolphin. My daughter’s a marine biologist and feels that animals that wash up on the beach should not be saved because putting them back into the pod just induces viruses and all sorts of icky things, and there’s a reason why they are up on the beach. In this particular case, the dolphin has gotten wrapped in a trap and a young boy, who is very unhappy, saves him and ends up befriending the dolphin. The dolphin’s tail unfortunately needs to be amputated. The thing about this is even though it’s Harry Connick, Jr. and Ashley Judd, nobody can act and the script is laughably bad. The only two things you care about are Winter, who’s the dolphin, and Nathan Gamble, who’s the kid, and both of them actually can act, though not a whole lot is required of them. But this is a feel-good movie and it’s something that the whole family will enjoy. So if you’re going to a movie looking for some kind of quality, forget about it, but if you’re looking for a feel-good movie that the whole family can watch with some great underwater scenes, you’ll have a great time. So on the basis of cinematography and heart, I give it probably four stars. On the basis of script, acting, sensibility, or quality, I give it no stars. So I guess we’ll be generous and give it two and a half stars.