Dory's parents in Finding Dory

There’s a flashback scene in Finding Dory when you hear Dory’s parents talking and wondering how their sweet fish with the big eyes and kind heart will survive without them. She has a mental illness, short term memory loss, and her parents struggle to teach her tools to keep her safe. It will make any mom reach for a tissue.

Dory's parents in Finding Dory

Finding Dory is a lovely sequel to Finding Nemo. No, it’s not as good as the classic Nemo, but that doesn’t mean it’s not very good with a wonderful message about believing in family and how everyone needs a little help sometimes.

It begins a year after Finding Nemo ends. Dory (Ellen Degeneris) is living contentedly with Nemo (Hayden Rowlence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) when she suddenly remembers that she has parents. She has to find them so she talks Nemo and Marlin into swimming across the ocean with her to California.

Of course they get separated and Marlin and Nemo need to “Find Dory.” She makes a new friend, a gruff octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), who is surly and constantly on the run.

Finding-Dory-Hank

The end of Finding Dory is the most fun and action packed. What really got to me were Dory’s memories of her parents. She has flashes of her childhood that give her clues to where she came from. It’s heartbreaking. Finding Dory is a beautiful way to teach kids to be empathetic to people who have a disability. Dory tries so hard, but she can’t always remember where she is or where she’s going. And it’s also really funny and entertaining. My boys who are 10 and 12 really enjoyed it as well. Little kids might have a hard time with Dory being lost and away from her parents, but other than a few loud actions scenes, it’s the perfect summer family movie.

 

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