Where movies and education meet
How many times have you heard a film marketed as a great ‘family film’ and been shocked or disappointed at the subtle (or not so subtle) innuendos and crude humor? This is not the case with Dolphin Tale. This is a special movie and a rare gem that hits the mark on so many levels. I believe this movie holds up for even the most conservative movie goers and has the quality, cast, and script that make it a box office favorite. This movie appeals to all ages because the true story of “Winter” the dolphin is innately inspiring and engaging for ages 5 to 95! I also like it because the story is pro-family & pro-military, without the pro-fanity.
Dolphin Tale is a homeschooler’s dream movie because it has strong educational components, is appropriate for multiple ages, and has story lines and characters that are kind hearted, respectful, and of good character. It may be one of the only movies out there that has a main character that is homeschooled. “Hazel” touts that ‘I’m home schooled…that’s why I’m so chatty” I love that this movie represents homeschoolers in a positive light. I was also just as impressed at what wasn’t in the movie as much as what was. There was no cursing, no violence, and only ‘oh my gosh’ was used. There were also no ‘romantic’ plot turns and the boy and girl characters are truly buddies. In a day and age where young girls are ‘boy crazy’ at younger and younger ages, this is much appreciated! There was a strong emphasis on the value of family bonds. This is especially highlighted when the older cousin goes off to war and gives “Sawyer” a pocket knife that has ‘family first’ inscribed on it.
Most importantly, the movie is uplifting for those who have struggled with the loss of a limb or have physical challenges. Make sure you have lots of tissues with you when you watch this movie because the heart strings will be pulled from the deepest places of the human soul. The tears don’t flow out of sadness, but out of genuine inspiration and admiration for the courage and triumph of the human (and animal) spirit! Dolphin Tale has the classic ‘never give up’ message, told in a special way…through the true story of a dolphin named Winter (who plays herself in the movie). Dolphin Tale has become the true standard for a real ‘family film’ that we can all enjoy together!
Inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin called Winter and the compassionate people who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Losing her tail may cost Winter her life. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle — a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. “Dolphin Tale” is a heartwarming, fun adventure about the healing bonds of family, both human and animal. The real Winter, who plays herself in “Dolphin Tale,” today serves as a symbol of courage and hope to millions of people — especially those facing their own physical challenges — who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.
Imagine your kids getting a personal call from Cozi or Nathan from the movie Dolphin Tale (two homeschooled kids in real life)! We are giving away phone calls to Homeschool Movie Club folks and will be randomly picking a winner from those who post on this blog story (and if you have seen the movie..let us know what you think) and also those who post a note on our Homeschool Movie Club on the “Blue Carpet” Dolphin Tale Premiere video on youtube! Winners chosen after opening weekend of Dolphin Tale (no purchase necesary).
Here is the youtube video of Homeschool Movie Club on the ‘blue carpet’…post here for an entry:
So what does define a good and worthy movie? Well that will have to be something YOU decide on your own depending on what you believe and think important. But for me here are a few things that I believe make a “Good and worthy movie”
So that’s really all I have as far as must’s for movies, What are yours? We would love to hear them.
-Nathan J Clarkson
Okay, so I love movies, and what I like even more than movies is MOVIE NIGHTS!
I grew up where we made our movie nights an ordeal. And we loved it! Let me let you in to how we made our ordinary nights into memories!
First-The most important thing about movie night is actually not movie…*SHOCK… it’s the food. I know, right? Whod’a thunk it? Well we did. As far as what food, we usually did buffet style of any kind of crowd pleaser (I’ll let you fill in the blank). And once each and every Clarkson plate was full to the brim with homemade (sometimes ordered out) comfort food that NO ONE should ever check the ingredients to without a pace maker in hand-And we each found our assigned seating sprawled across the living room we began.
Second-We would dim the lights to the perfect setting, WHICH is actually a much more important and tedious task than you might guess. You see the lights have to be just light enough to ensure your eating safety, but just dark enough to give it that theatre feel. And then the movie begins. And this is actually (next to the food choice) the most important aspect of the night; the movie selection. You want first of all something that is acceptable for all audiences watching and second we always tried to choose something that might spark a discussion about the story or characters, something that is more than simple entertainment, but might be a two hours that if delved into would arise deep undoubtedly an EXTRA hour of discussion.
Third-Okay, yes you guessed it, food time again. Don’t judge. But I’m sure you have been there after an hour of an intense emotional ride, we become a little weary and Dessert is the only remedy. Also, with the movie on pause and a short hiatus, it gives all members of the family to give opinions of the story thus far, argue over who is REALLY the bad guy and take bets, things like this. Then we finish the movie.
Fourth-Which is (aside from food, and movie selection) the most important aspect of movie night. The discussion, and really that is about all there is to it, we just talk about it, explore it, and try our best to understand it. Through this I have learned to take nothing I watch for granted. Everything has a message and we were determined to find it.
So movie nights can really bring the family together, and this is how we did ours! Please tell us all about yours, and we want details!
Looking forward to reading all the awesome suggestions and stories!
We are gearing up for Homeschool Movie Club’s first ‘HOMESCHOOL DAY’!
I am so happy to let you know that WE ARE GIVING AWAY PRIZES. You can enter into the Dolphin Tale sweepstakes where many of you will win Dolphin tale ‘fun kits’, posters, memorabilia, signed posters, and even some ‘fandango bucks” gift cards!
Just RSVP for Homeschool Day on our Facebook page and you will be automatically entered into our drawing!
You can also click on the poster to RSVP. Make sure and let us know if you plan to put a ‘field trip to the movies’ together for your group by posting on the facebook event wall so others in your area can meet up at the movies!
-Homeschool Movie Club