A.V. Club Most Read

News Newswire Great Job, Internet!
TV Club All Reviews What's On Tonight
Video All Video A.V. Undercover A.V. Cocktail Club Film Club
Reviews All Reviews Film TV Music Books
Features All Features To-Do List Newswire
Sections Film Tv Music Food Comedy Books Games Aux
Our Company About Us Contact Advertise Privacy Policy Careers RSS
Onion Inc. Sites The Onion The A.V. Club ClickHole Onion Studios

Free Willy 3: The Rescue

-

Free Willy 3: The Rescue

Community Grade

  • A
  • A-
  • B+
  • B
  • B-
  • C+
  • C
  • C-
  • D+
  • D
  • D-
  • F
?

Your Grade

?

With the tyke from Free Willy and Free Willy 2 all grown up—and, in one scene at least, leering at girls and listening to The Doobie Brothers—the makers of the environmentally friendly movie series recruited a new fair-headed boy to accompany him, witness the horrors of whale abuse, and learn how to take a stand. In this case, the abusers include his father, a whaler from a long family of whalers who refuses to recognize that his profession causes more harm than good. Free Willy 3 is an adequate, if a bit slow-paced, film for children that, thanks to some truly impressive whale footage (including a birth scene), won't bore their grown-up companions. More impressively, it admirably avoids turning the crew of the whaling ship into a group of stereotypical, mustache-twirling villains. If one person contemplating a career in whaling has a change of heart after watching Free Willy 3, then it's done its job.