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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:37 PM
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Who has seen "Whale Rider"
The local video store had it for $5. So rather than rent it for $3, I just bought the used copy. Looked like something good.

I haven't watched it yet. How did you like it?
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:38 PM
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1. Its wonderful. OK for kids too.
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 03:38 PM by madison2000
The girl in it was nominated for best actress I believe.
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berner59 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:41 PM
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2. I loved it...
It's a fable...very sweet... Heartbreaking scene with young girl in school & her grandfather...
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:41 PM
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3. It is great - for kids and adults - rewatching it is a pleasure each time!
Good decision.
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:-)
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:42 PM
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4. It's a great movie
well worth owning.
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gottaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:43 PM
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5. I liked it
It was good for kids, but also for adults.

For $5 I'd buy it.
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:43 PM
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6. I did and loved it. Very nice kiddie movie.


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Bush to The Hague!
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:44 PM
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I haven't seen it and have no interest
looks to disneyish or "kiddie" for me.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:51 PM
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13. Definitely NOT disneyesque.
Too gritty and real to fall into that pablum category.
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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:37 PM
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21. hey jonny
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 09:37 PM by sundog
I just watched it... It's not disney-ish at all. You probably got that idea from the marketing. Since it hardly fits into any "American-marketable" category, the studio had to push it in that direction to sell tickets.

If anything it is a drama, only the lead happens to be a young girl. It's a story of the Maori tribe in New Zealand. The whale is their spirit animal.

All I have to say is wow. Definitely the best thing I have seen in ages. Really. Definitely check it out if you get the time.

Moving just scratches the surface. It gets your gut.

On an interesting side note, the soundtrack was done by the ex-lead singer of Dead Can Dance. Good stuff. It's on the 4AD/Beggars Banquet label of all things.
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Red State Rebel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:44 PM
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7. Good thing nobody was riding this one....
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:45 PM
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8. ewwwww.
**gag****
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:46 PM
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9. It's not for KIDS...that grandfather was relentless and just plain MEAN!
I was disturbed by his blatant rudeness to her because she was a girl. I would not allow my kid to watch that until they had a good sense of worth as they are, it was a hard movie to watch.
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:48 PM
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10. Its a coming of age story- not for young children but maybe 8 or 9 and up.
I think its a great story.
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:58 PM
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15. I'm sticking to my guns on this one, I thought it was a mean movie.
I was depressed and disturbed by it.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:01 PM
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16. I'd have no problem showing it to kids of any school age.
None.
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pacifictiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:15 PM
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20. I'm surprised by your take on it.
I thought it was a wonderful movie! And the meanness was part of the setup message - 'tribal' expectations from family traditions can have a very stifling influence on the creativity and 'career mission' of young family members.
It is a simple tale, couched in tribal mythology, of following your gut instincts to blossom and incorporates the noble traits of courage and determination.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:49 PM
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11. LOVE it! A wonderful movie. (NT)
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Freebird12004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:50 PM
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12. loved it
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:53 PM
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14. It's a terrific movie!!
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 04:00 PM by TahitiNut
Keisha Castle-Hughes was deservedly nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in her very first movie role.

The movie won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film.

Not surprisingly, the film swept the 2003 New Zealand Film and TV Awards, winning Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film, Best Juvenile Performer, Best Original Music, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. It also received nominations in 6 other categories.

Here's what Roger Ebert says (with which I heartly agree) ...
It's not just an uplifting ending, but a transcendent one, inspired and inspiring, and we realize how special this movie really is. So many films by and about teenagers are mired in vulgarity and stupidity; this one, like its heroine, dares to dream.
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auburngrad82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:06 PM
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17. Excellent movie
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:07 PM
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18. Excellent but intense- I say kids should be 12 or older to see it
Really amazing acting.
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cmf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:09 PM
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19. Great movie
H and I both loved it.
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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:21 PM
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22. I liked it a lot.
Good for kids and adults.

I had a little bit of trouble understanding the dialog, because of the accents. But it wasn't too bad. You can turn on subtitles if it has 'em.
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:30 PM
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23. Great movie
Seems boring at first, but there is a big payoff.
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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:31 PM
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24. no shit... best new movie I've seen in ages
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:31 PM
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25. Tremendous movie
The lead actress is unbelievable.

LOVED it.

Julie
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:48 PM
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26. We give it two dorsal fins up
Grand movie. Very touching. Great nuances in emmotions and some fabulous lines. Scenery was lovely and the youngsters real, not all cute-ified. Good film for the whole family.
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