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Big Miracle

When three Gray Whales get trapped in the Arctic ice, an environmental activist (Drew Barrymore) teams up with a skeptical journalist (John Krasinski) to try and save the aquatic mammals. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 106
Theater Release: 03 Feb 2012
Video Release: 19 Jun 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Did the media help or hinder this situation? How was Malik’s attitude consistent with Rachel’s? How did they differ? Were the costs and risks of rescuing the whales justified?

Two Minnesota businessmen come to the rescue with a product they invented to help melt ice. You can view their complete story with the whales by visiting their website at www.de-icer.com.

Learn more about the real story here: http://www.adn.com/3745

See a cynical view of the expensive rescue effort here: http://www.highnorth.no/Library/MediaWatch/fr-th-wh.htm

For more information on gray whales check this National Geographic article: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/gray-whale/

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