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A Lobster Tale - family and children's DVD / fantasy DVD review
A LOBSTER TALE Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 stars
Actors: Colm Meaney, Alberta Watson, Graham Greene, Jack Knight
Director: Adam Massey   Studio: Peace Arch Entertainment
DVD release: 5 August 2008   Runtime: 95 min. (1 disc)
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
DVD features: Audio tracks (English), Subtitles (Spanish), "The Making of A Lobster Tale

Cody Brewer (Colm Meaney) is a hard-working lobster man, taking his small boat out to sea to check his lobster pots (traps) and hopefully bringing home enough money to keep the lights on. His wife, Martha (Alberta Watson), helps to make ends meet by working as a waitress at a local seafood cafe. Sometimes, she's the only one bringing home any bacon. Their son, Jake (Jack Knight), needs new pants. His parents can't afford to get him out of the pants that have been let out a few times and have finally reached their limit, making him the target of jokes from the son of the local haberdashery for his threadbare threads.

One day while out lobstering, Cody pulls a tuft of green moss out of his lobster pot. It's iridescent green and unlike anything he's ever seen before. He puts it in a rusty can for the time being; when he later cuts off his finger while dealing with his problematic boat motor, he puts the end of his finger in the can for safekeeping. When he does, the moss glows brightly and knits his finger back together, good as new (hard to believe, I know).

He later uses the moss to help one of the guys on the dock who is badly burned,, and the town soon is in a tizzy. They want Cody's magic moss for every little thing. Cody would prefer to save it for something big... important. A homeopathy company comes by to offer him half a million for the item - meaning paint and lights and pants and something other than hot dogs for dinner.

A Lobster Tale is not a bad little story. Pleasant and full of interesting characters, it's got heart, wisdom, humor and some kind of bad New England accents. Sit down with the family and watch, but don't expect to be talking about it for years to come.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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