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A Ring of Endless Light 2002

  • Greg Beeman
  • July 4, 2002
  • 88 mins
  • English
  • Romance, Drama, Family
When 15-year-old Vicky Austin, her sister Suzy and little brother Rob visit their grandfather on Seven Bay Island, Vicky faces several unexpected challenges. Her beloved grandfather, retired Reverend Eaton, seems to be seriously ill, but tries to pretend that nothing is wrong. Vicky met the rich but emotionally troubled Zachary Gray the previous summer, and he reappears to renew the acquaintance. Another boy, 17-year-old Adam Eddington, recruits Vicky to help him with a research project, working with a dolphin called Basil. Vicky discovers she can communicate telepathically with the dolphin and his mate - and possibly with Adam as well

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I'm a longtime fan of the late Madeleine L'Engle, but I much prefer her Time Quintet to any of her other books. Still, since this is one of only two celluloid adaptations of her works ever made, I gave this one a shot. It was fun to see a young Mischa Barton (The O.C.) and Scarlett Pomers (Reba, Star Trek: Voyager), and the fantasy-tinged plot was decent. Unfortunately, Barton turned out to be an annoying leading lady, and I still found this one hard to finish. Fans of the book may feel differently.

Content Concerns:
Sex: Innocent romance; one kiss. 4/5
Nudity: The female lead has a penchant for off-the-shoulder, bare-midriff, or low-cut outfits; shirtless guys are also seen. 3/5
Language: An occasional misuse of God's name. 4/5
Violence: Animals and people in dangerous situations; a guy nearly drowns. 3/5
Drugs: None. 5/5
Frightening/Intense Scenes: The aforementioned dangerous situations; the grandfather dies at the end. 2/5

Score: 2.5/5

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