What does the seated scribe symbolize

Letterboxd - Your life in film

1996 Directed by Alan Shapiro

Synopsis

This summer it's finally safe to go back in the water.

Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime.

95 mins More details at IMDbTMDbReport this film

Popular reviews

More
  • Elijah Wood has to be the most adorable "angsty alt-grunge teen" ever with his cute little baby face and his Smashing Pumpkins / RHCP / Soul Asylum shirts and his disdain for Paul Hogan's adult "do what I tell ya" ness.

    I didn't get home until about 4am last night. I had been in and around a dirty, gross, hot basement venue playing a gig with a new band I'm in. Then i had to wake up a few hours later to take my car in for an oil change.

    When I got back and sat on the couch I was tired, gross, and maybe a little stinky from the night before but when I turned the TV on and saw that Flipper had just ...

  • Paul Hogan out-acts child Elijah Wood in one of the dumbest films that I have ever seen. They Blackfish some dolphins to perform in a movie about not being mean to dolphins and sharks. An hour of the movie just makes you uncomfortable hoping that characters aren't going to murder a dolphin for fun. No one has a believable or interesting story.

    Yeah, I hated it.

  • the dolphin died that's so sad. died in a car accident

  • I liked the bit when all the dolphins battered a shark. I did not like any other part of the film

  • Ok 2 things;
    1. I'm home sick today w nothing better to do so please forgive this ...
    2. Since I tried to find this on the internet and couldn't, I decided to compile a list of all the band t-shirts Elijah Wood wears in this movie. They are, in order of appeal;

    Red hot chili peppers (black)
    Smashing pumpkins (red)
    Red hot chili peppers (Black / different)
    Smashing pumpkins (blue)
    Red hot chili peppers (red)
    Soul Asylum (black)
    Smashing pumpkins (red again)
    Dink (White)
    Smashing pumpkins (white)
    Soul asylum (white)
    Smashing pumpkins (white again)
    Various other boring striped and solid color shirts that could have been more band shirts.

    Other highlights from this movie include;

    -Paul hogan (Crocodile Dundee) feeding a pelican budweiser
    -Mike ...

  • I honestly couldn't tell you what sort of reputation Alan Shapiro's "Flipper" has. I mean, I assume that reputation is bad. I half-remember this movie coming out the summer that I graduated from high school, and I believe that it came and went with absolutely no fanfare. It was a kids movie based on an old TV series about a kid who befriended a dolphin, starring Paul Hogan a decade after he had ceased to be popular (six years, at the very least, depending on how "Almost an Angel" was received ). I doubt Siskel and Ebert were too high on it. I saw a decent number of films that summer (I was 18, which is always a good age to ...

  • This dude looks like Biden

  • worth watching to see elijah wood with a stogie

  • this is just like shape of water

  • Check out the poster! Look very carefully! Just a little longer. So ... now close your eyes and try to imagine what a film would look like and how it would go if it was advertised with such a poster.
    With a good-humored nature boy like Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan. Next to it is Elijah Wood, who is about to grow up, whose grin and sunglasses that sit loosely on his nose symbolize the themed rebellion against the tutelage of adults. And in front of the actual main actor, when you look at him you know from the start: Everything will be fine!
    Plus a lot of sun, even more sea, even more coming-of-age, and even more cute pinball machines that do cute "pinball things".
    Of course, the obligatory eco-message (Jonathan Banks even before his star role as ...

  • This was really a step backwards for Mr. Dundee, I mean the word crocodile isn't even in the tittle.

Recent reviews

More
  • Ok 2 things;
    1. I'm home sick today w nothing better to do so please forgive this ...
    2. Since I tried to find this on the internet and couldn't, I decided to compile a list of all the band t-shirts Elijah Wood wears in this movie. They are, in order of appeal;

    Red hot chili peppers (black)
    Smashing pumpkins (red)
    Red hot chili peppers (Black / different)
    Smashing pumpkins (blue)
    Red hot chili peppers (red)
    Soul Asylum (black)
    Smashing pumpkins (red again)
    Dink (White)
    Smashing pumpkins (white)
    Soul asylum (white)
    Smashing pumpkins (white again)
    Various other boring striped and solid color shirts that could have been more band shirts.

    Other highlights from this movie include;

    -Paul hogan (Crocodile Dundee) feeding a pelican budweiser
    -Mike ...

  • Overall hokey, but great 90s summer vacation vibes.

    Poor Elijah Wood has to choose between going to a Chili Peppers concert or playing with dolphins.

    He’d be raking it on Depop right now with that wardrobe of 90s alt-rock merch. Impressive taste.

  • The fact that the biggest threat to Flipper was actually getting swiped up by Seaworld says A LOT.

  • Watched this with my children this evening after not seeing it since childhood. Elijah Wood has been my crush since forever and so this was a pleasant surprise. 😍

  • worth watching to see elijah wood with a stogie

  • Cons: None other than that it's not exactly a good movie.

    Pros: We had the VHS as kids and watched it frequently, so it holds a nostalgia-driven place in my heart.

  • Defining Moment: There's a scene where the film's major characters, from Paul Hogan's Porter to Wood's Sandy and even Field's Cathy, have to throw together an impromptu remedy for the titular dolphin's illness, consisting of some fish heads, leftover Chinese takeout, and tropical punch Jell-O. There's a communal goal, reached through incredibly specific means, with a heartening payoff that appeared so disarmingly bleak at first glance, an approximation of the film as a whole. As kid's films go, there's a weight that isn't often present between the lighter touches. Of course, it remains a mid-90s film with Paul Hogan somehow giving the best work, so there's a low ceiling.

  • Rest In Peace to the dolphin, can't believe it died in a car crash

  • The amount of times I've watched this as a kid only because they stream in non stop on tv🥲

  • Being born the same year as Elijah Wood, means I feel like I've grown up with him, from Radio Flyer to Lord of the Rings, and everything inbetween and outbetween. This movie has hit a sweet spot. Maybe it was the game boy, the rock shirts and the randomly oversized jeans. He looks a bit too much like several boys I had crushes on in my teen years and thus, I get a special joy out of living the my best friend is a dolphin, life on a beach and my uncle is crocodile dundee dream.

  • The only reason I watched this was for Elijah Wood.

  • Boring and overrate film.

Popular lists

More

All the movies

I'm sick of sorting through concerts, series, and other non-movies. Anything with more than 1,000 views on Letterboxd that’s longer ...