Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Universal Pictures

Directed by:

Ken Kwapis (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)


John Krasinski as Adam Carlson; Drew Barrymore as Rachel Kramer; Ted Danson as J.W. McGraw; Kristen Bell as Jill Jerard; Ahmaogak Sweeney as Nathan

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Big Miracle

For a young reporter, living in Alaska can be a bit of a challenge. Adam loves this vast, beautiful state with its warm and welcoming people. But in the frozen wasteland of Barrow—a little Inupiat village—news stories are sparse. So Adam does his best, recording local news and watching as other young reporters get their chance in the spotlight.

While filming a story on the ice one day, Adam spots a family of California gray whales. They're trapped, stuck in a small circle of unfrozen water. By this time of year the ice is three-feet thick for miles, so there's no chance they could swim all the way to open water without needing to come up for air. Someone has to tell their story, then the world can come to the rescue! Adam just happens to have a camera, a microphone . . . and a voice.

At first, Adam sees the whale tale as simply a big news story with the potential to launch his career. But with time he comes to care about the whales. Big Miracle shows us that people can look past themselves and make the right choices if they're able to find a good cause. As interest in the story grows, more and more reporters swarm Barrow and people around the world start going out of their way to help. A group of local whalers work day and night to cut breathing holes in the ice. And the crew of a Russian ship smash through an ice wall on behalf of the whales.

Overall, the characters in the film are likeable. Big Miracle applauds human spirit and the value of all of God’s creatures. Unfortunately, there's one sinkhole: foul language. It’s a family-friendly flick littered with earfuls of ugly words that no whale worth his weight would ever make.

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