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Blue Miracle | 2021 | TV-PG | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Blue Miracle” rated TV-PG? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few flashback scenes of a young boy falling into the water from a boat and left alone after the death of his father, discussions of debt and losing everything, discussions of the plight of orphans and stories of the violent lives led by several boys, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When they are about to lose everything, a couple operating an orphanage scrambles to keep their young charges safe and an opportunity to win enough money to fulfill their promise of keeping the boys off the streets comes in a surprising invitation: to participate in a prestigious fishing tournament with a boat captain (Dennis Quaid) desperate to regain his past notoriety. Based on a true story. Also with Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Wayne Bisbee, Raymond Cruz, Fernanda Urrejola, Anthony Gonzalez, Jimmy Gonzales, Nathan Arenas, Frank Gallegos, Isaac Arellanes, Chris Doubek, Miguel Angel Garcia, Silverio Palacios and Steve Gutierrez. Directed by Julio Quintana. Several lines of dialogue and phrases are spoken in Spanish without translation. [Running Time: 1:36]

Blue Miracle SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A husband and his wife hug and kiss. A man is shown shirtless in bed and we see that he has a large cross tattooed on his back and several scars across his shoulders.

Blue Miracle VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Two teen boys fall off a boat while fighting and struggle to stay afloat; a man dives in after them and we see them safe onboard the boat later. A man is awakened by a teen boy that tells him that a younger boy has run away again; the man finds the young boy sleeping in a dangerous area and as the man carries the child through the streets to get back home, several people yell and open fire on each other (we do not see injuries).
 People in an orphanage prepare for a hurricane and pile sandbags at the doors outside; the power goes out and the wind blows a branch through a window that shatters (we see flooded rooms and damage the next day). A man has repeated nightmares about the time, when he was a boy, of being overturned in a boat and left alone while fishing with his father (we understand that the father died in the accident). A man has a nightmare of being a child and running from older boys and hiding in the dark alone (after his father died).
 A man is shown shirtless in bed and we see that he has a large cross tattooed on his back and several scars across his shoulders. A teen boy in a sheriff’s vehicle is shown to have bruises on his face and head and a man asks the sheriff, “Did you hit this boy,” and the sheriff replies, “I questioned him.” A man talks about having been injured by a large blue marlin after catching it and shows a scar on his leg; he says, “It nearly took off my leg.”
 A teen boy confronts a man about leaving his family and son. A man holds a long hook toward another man and yells at him to get off his boat. A teen boy shows a scar on his thigh and says, “My foster dad stabbed me with a rusty screwdriver.” A man talks about “That fireworks incident”; we do not hear any more details. A man says “I’m gonna drown him.” A man says, “He’s not very good, but he’s cheap.” A teen boy talks about another teen boy’s brother having been shot. A teen boy is afraid of having to return to the streets if an orphanage closes. Two men contemplate cheating to win a tournament.
 A man groans and struggles to reel in a large fish. A boat’s engine dies a few times and men struggle to get it restarted. A fishing line reels in a large collection of trash and seaweed. A fishing line snaps under the strain of pulling in a large fish.
 We hear coughing, gagging and splattering in water while a teen boy vomits over the side of a boat (we do not see any goo). A man complains that a teen boy urinated in his favorite coffee mug and implies that the man drank some. A teen boy spits out a watch that he was hiding in his mouth after stealing it. Blood seeps into ocean water from a wrapped up fish lashed under a boat.

Blue Miracle LANGUAGE 2

 – 1 scatological term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (buggers, washed up, punk, freak, idiots, ugly, older, fatter, rude, crazy, wildcard, thieves, losers, stupid, dumb, screwed up, orphan boy, Humpty Dumpty, son of a …), exclamations (oh, whooo, shut-up, huh, bam, ah, look, hey, great, heck, wow, technically, oh come on, oh boy, chill, oh no, oh man), 1 religious profanity (GD), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Pray To God). | profanity glossary |

Blue Miracle SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men drink beer and tequila, and a man drinks from a bottle of liquor.

Blue Miracle DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Orphans, debt, drowning, abandonment, death of loved ones, hope, dreams, being a father, success, perception, cheating, luck, guilt.

Blue Miracle MESSAGE

 – Do what is right no matter what anybody thinks. Miracles do happen.

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