Dolphin Tale Family Movie Night

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Do you have traditions in your head that you want to implement as a family but then life just gets busy and they never quite happen. Well family movie/game night is that for me. As the kids get older and busier I really wanted to find one night that is sacred and protected where we spent great time together. Games and/or movies seem to be the perfect way to do that.

We are really picky about the movies we let our kids watch. Actually, really picky is probably an understatement. I am totally fine being a freak about it. Too much of what is billed as “family friendly” is just not cutting it in my book.

So when I was asked by Collective Bias as part of their #couchcritics to have a family movie night watching Dolphin Tale, I was super excited. I had heard nothing but amazing things about the movie and how family friendly it was. My kids had heard great things too and loved the idea of family movie night.

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In our house, pretty much the only way we rent movies is through Redbox. It is super easy, crazy cheap and you can find them just about everywhere I normally shop. Imagine my delight when I went to check out their website from my phone and discovered they also have an app. Hallelujah, even easier!!

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While I was at Walmart I had to pick up a movie watching essential!! Forget the microwavable stuff, we like our popcorn old school, on the stove.


I figure a movie these days at the theater will set our family back about $50. When you rent a Redbox movie online (or through your phone), it costs $1 (and free tip: sign up for text alerts and you will often get them for free, you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter). That huge container of popcorn that should last me through a whole lotta movie nights was under $5. I’d say that beats the theater any day.

Plus I would say snuggling is MUCH easier on the couch. Although I really wish I had someone else to pick up all the stray popcorn kernels. The movie did NOT disappoint. It was so touching and inspiring. Even the young ones cried. And it is rare when I watch a movie and don’t find a single thing objectionable. Our whole family gave it two big thumbs up.

Want to see details of my whole shop? This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. We had a big ol bawling scene at the end of the movie when we saw it. It wasn’t until the end that it hit home with my daughter that it was based on a true story….then waterworks, racking sobs and blood shot eyes. Now we’ve seen it three times and we still love it from start to finish.
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  2. Jill….It sounds like the perfect family night! Even though my kids are big now, I really want to see Dolphin Tale. Sounds like I’ll need to pull out the tissues!
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  3. What a great idea for a fun family night! I’ve heard great things about this movie as well and appreciate your recommendation! I absolutely must explore Redbox; when you break it down that way, it’s silly to watch movies any other way! Thank you for sharing your experience!
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