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Film / Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

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Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home is the 1995 sequel to Free Willy, directed by Dwight Little and featuring most of the main cast from the first film.

Two years have passed since Jesse helped release Willy back into the wild, and he and his adoptive parents are prepared to go on a camping trip to San Juan Island. Before they can go, Jesse is informed that his mother has died and has left behind Jesse's half-brother Elvis. The two do not get along, but that doesn't stop the vacation. Once there, Jesse reunites with Willy, who has been happily reunited with his family. But when an oil tanker ruptures and spills its contents out into the bay, Willy's sister Luna gets sick and beaches herself. With Luna's life in the balance, Jesse must help her recover and reunite Willy's siblings with the rest of his family.


Tropes used by the film:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: When Jesse meets his younger brother Elvis, he instantly hates him. They continue to tease each other throughout the movie.
  • Artifact Title: There isn't a whole lot of literal freeing in this movie. Unless the "free" there is supposed to be an adjective describing Willy, it doesn't really make sense.
    • Getting Willy and his family from the cove and the oil spill could be considered setting him free, in addition to the fact that the owner of the oil tanker intends to capture and sell Willy and his family.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The president of the oil company. He lied about helping the whales out of the cove, instead wants to capture the whales and sell them.
  • Crying Wolf: Elvis. The foster parents didn't believe him at first about the crashed oil tanker.
  • Darker and Edgier: Jessie nearly drowns and incinerated by the tanker fire during the climax.
  • Magical Native American: While Randolph averted this trope in the first movie, it's played much more straight here. It's Randolph's traditional medicine that makes Luna better.
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  • Missing Mom: It's revealed that Jesse's mom had another son as well before having the courtesy of dying and leaving his older half-brother as his only family.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Among the lies that Elvis tells is that he saw Jesse kissing Nadine. In light of this, Glen attempts to give Jesse The Talk, but he doesn't specify what he's talking about first, so Jesse thinks Glen is trying to warn him about playing with the whales. It's not until Glen says "it" can lead to sex that Jesse figures out they're not on the same page. (Although given that he does kiss Nadine a few scenes later, giving him The Talk might not have been the worst idea in retrospect. On the other hand, the kiss in question was actually just a brief kiss, and not the "making out" type that Elvis had implied it to be.)
  • Papa Wolf: Willy is very protective of his siblings, and only allows Luna to be examined because Jesse tells him it's alright.
  • Parental Abandonment: Jesse's mom. At the beginning of the film, it's revealed that she passed away. Elvis later tells Jesse that before she died, she told Elvis that giving Jesse up was the hardest choice she ever had to make.


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