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“Dolphin Tale 2”
3 out of 5 stars 

Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. star in “Dolphin Tale 2,” a story of faith, friendship and love. 

In the previous film “Dolphin Tale,” Clearwater Marine Hospital find a female dolphin that has been badly injured without a tale. To save the dolphin’s life, Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman) makes a prosthetic tale for the dolphin. Despite the success of the procedure, the dolphin’s injuries made her unsuitable to be rereleased into the wild. By the third act, the hospital adopts the dolphin, names her Winter and she get paired with another dolphin named Panama. 
During the sequel, Winter’s poolmate Panama passes away in the first act of the film. According to the USDA, a dolphins must have a companion and Clearwater Marine Hospital staff is mandated to find another partner for Winter within 30 days. 
Owner of the hospital Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick Jr.) and staff spend the rest of the film hoping to find not only a dolphin but a good match for Winter. The film makes clear that dolphins are wild animals and do not make friends easily. 
The true life story will touch audiences as hospital staff member Sawyer Nelson, played by Nathan Gamble, bonds with Winter as she goes into a depression without Panama. Nelson’s friend, Hazel Haskett, played by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, does a good job providing banter as the two characters hope a new dolphin can be found in the second act. 
For a PG rated film, “Dolphin Tale 2” is recommended for teenagers due to the film showing Panama’s death and other injured animals at the hospital. This is where the marketing for this movie is somewhat misleading. According to the MPAA, the film is rated for “mild thematic elements” which appears to be a family friendly movie. Unfortunately, the films more mature topics, such as death, are not recommended for younger audiences despite the rating. 
Bottom line, this movie recommended for teenagers with relatable characters and a interesting story but is not for or younger audiences. Towards the third act, the stress in finding a new mate creates tension as Winter’s future becomes unknown.
“Dolphin Tale 2” is playing at Sulphur Springs Starplex Cinema at 1:40 p.m., 4:10 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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