Blue Miracle Parent Guide
Awash in positive themes, this beautiful film is a solid choice for family viewing.
Parent Movie Review
Omar Venegas (Jimmy Gonzales) has his hands full. Along with his wife, Becca (Fernanda Urrejola), he runs Casa Hogar, an orphanage for street kids. Having grown up on the streets, “Papa Omar” is desperate to keep his boys safe. But the orphanage is over $100,000 in debt, donors are drying up, and when Hurricane Odile hits Cabo San Lucas in 2014, the orphanage floods and sustains some expensive damage.
Looking for financial help, Omar drops by to see Wayne Bisbee (Bruce McGill) just as the founder of the Bisbee Black and Blue fishing tournament is arguing with a past champion. Wade Malloy (Dennis Quaid) can’t afford the entrance fee but if he partners with a Mexican crew, the fee will be waived. Sensing a win-win opportunity, Bisbee puts Malloy and the Casa Hogar boys together. If they can catch the biggest marlin over the three day tournament, they will win over $200,000, which will save the orphanage.
Underdog sports films can easily sink into saccharine predictability, but Blue Miracle thankfully avoids this trap. It does so by giving the main characters some depth. Omar isn’t a saint – he’s a decent man fighting his own demons, particularly trauma around the drowning death of his father. And he has to weigh the lure of easy, dishonest money against the need to both save his orphanage and teach his boys the value of character and integrity. Dennis Quaid also brings to life a complex Captain Malloy – a rangy, muscled man who’s gone to seed and is carrying too many off road miles. Throw in boys who are more than just “generic orphans” and this production has enough sympathetic characters to keep viewers interested through the three days of the tournament.
Let me state up front that I have zero interest in fishing, which I consider insanely boring. But I love this movie. And if a person like me, with no interest in the sport, enjoys the film, I’m confident that almost any other viewer will enjoy it.
For families, Blue Miracle is a win. Negative content is minor aside from some adult alcohol consumption and references to off screen violence. It’s also stunningly beautiful to watch – the decrepit orphanage is washed in shades of turquoise and the jaw-dropping ocean vistas are their own miracle in blue, as they glow in every shade of navy, cerulean, ultramarine, and aqua.
Best of all the movie is flooded with positive themes of integrity, courage, compassion, community service, persistence, forgiveness, and second chances. Omar is determined to not just provide shelter to his boys but to teach them to be honest men of good character. (Religious parents will also be pleased that he encourages the boys to pray.) When an acquaintance from Omar’s past scornfully says, “When you have a problem you can’t solve with hopes and prayers we’ll see what the real Papa Omar is made of,” he challenges not only Omar but all of us in the audience to give our all to making the world a better place for the less fortunate. And that message is far weightier than any fish – even a prize-winning marlin.Directed by Julio Quintana. Starring Dennis Quaid, Bruce McGill, Raymond Cruz. Running time: 95 minutes. Theatrical release May 27, 2021. Updated October 2, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Blue Miracle rated TV-PG? Blue Miracle is rated TV-PG by the MPAA
Violence: A man repeatedly remembers the drowning death of his father. Gunshots are fired in a street. A man menaces another man with a boat hook. There’s mention of someone urinating in a coffee mug and someone else drinking it. A hurricane causes damage to buildings. There’s conversation about people caught outdoors in the storm and possibly in danger. A person dreams about falling into deep water. A person jokes about drowning someone else. There’s mention of someone’s brother being murdered. A character reminisces about having a marlin stab his leg. A person mentions a fight that gave him a scar. A child shows a scar from parental abuse. Two characters have a fight and fall overboard into the sea; they nearly drown.
Sexual Content: None noted.
Profanity: The movie contains three terms of deity and some insults in English and Spanish.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults drink alcohol in a bar. A character tries to persuade another to deal drugs. A main character drinks alcohol alone to cope with stress.
Page last updated October 2, 2021
Blue Miracle Parents' Guide
Blue Miracle is based on a true story. For more information about the real orphans in the fishing tournament you can read the HuffPost article here.
If you want to donate to the work of Casa Hogar, you can click on their website here.
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Orphans are a popular plot motivation for movie scripts. In the comic drama Nacho Libre, Jack Black plays a monk who starts wrestling to raise money to buy food for the orphanage run by the monks. After the Wedding is a soapy drama featuring a woman who volunteers at an Indian orphanage and returns to the United States to make a pitch to a big donor. In Mully, an impoverished Kenyan child grows up to become a wealthy man who devotes his time and wealth to caring for orphans. A holocaust survivor (played by Sophia Loren) cares for community children, including one who tried to rob her in The Life Ahead. On a more light-hearted note, the darkly comic A Series of Unfortunate Events stars three orphans who are persecuted by their greedy uncle.
Fishing also serves as a movie theme. In A River Runs Through It, a devoted fly fisherman raises his sons to love fishing – while using fishing as a metaphor for life. The Perfect Storm is based on the true story of a fishing boat caught in a collision between a dying hurricane and two other storms. A dishonest crab fisherman winds up befriending a young man with Down Syndrome who is trying to live his dreams. The two wind up on a road-trip (sometimes by water) in The Peanut Butter Falcon.