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movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Andre

Starring: Tina Majorino, Keith Carradine
Director: George Miller
Rated: PG
RunTime: 94 Minutes
Release Date: August 1994
Genres: Family, Kids

*Also starring: Chelsea Field, Keith Szarabajka, Shane Meier, Joshua Jackson

Review by Steve Rhodes
2 stars out of 4

ANDRE is a kid's show based on a true story. It is set in late 50s/early 60s in a remote fishing village in Maine. The Dad (Keith Carradine) makes his living as an admitted inept harbor master. He is more interested in animals than doing the labors of a harbor master. His wife (Chelsea Field), 2 daughters (Tina Majorino and Aidan Pendleton) and a son (Shane Meier) form the rest of this Brady Bunch type family.

The show gets its only interest from a seal (the famous Andre) that the family adopts as a pup to nurse it back to health when he loses his Mom to a fishing net. The only reason that Andre became famous is that he in turn adopted the family and would not leave. His fame went so far as to include an appearance on, what else, the Ed Sullivan Show.

The acting is all straight forward as is the script (by Dana Baratta based on the book "A Seal Called Andre" by Lew Dietz and Harry Goodridge) and the directing (George Miller). This is your traditional, lets play it conservative and do nothing that could upset or offend anyone sort of show for little tykes. The movie takes no chances. Other than the obligatory, lets make them think someone is going to die scenes, it is a sugary sweet show. I found it frequently boring, but never offensive.

On a more positive note, the narration by Annette O'Toole is lovely - very melodic. Then again, O'Toole is such a beautiful actress, I really missed seeing her in the flesh.

Copyright 1994 Steve Rhodes

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