Consider it Free Willy with the Loch Ness Monster. It's that kind of family-friendly movie - one that focuses on the friendship between a lonely boy and an animal. In this case, the animal happens to grow up to become Nessie. The story is clever and heartwarming enough for the film to work on some level for adults and children (although it skews younger). Plus, the CGI work is competently done. Crusoe (as the Loch Ness Monster is called) is suitably cute and cuddly when he's small and imposing when he's big. The special effects are properly integrated into the story; there is no instance in which they call unwanted attention to their existence.
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