When I saw The Legend of Johnny Lingo show up in the "Popular on Netflix" feed I was a little shocked. Not to be rude or anything, but the church's version of the story left little to be desired [honestly, the whole eight cow thing sort of ticked me off]. This movie was different, though. In fact, I can now say I have a new appreciation for the entire story.
In the story, Tama [who later takes on the name, Johnny Lingo], is found as a tiny, abandoned baby on the shores of a tiny island in the Pacific. He faces social ridicule and exclusion beyond belief. Through it all, there was one shining star in his life-- Mahana. She too was persecuted and made fun of. The two children formed a fast friendship that would soon be put to the test.
One night, Tama decides to try and escape their island to find a better life. Mahana wants to go, but decides to stay behind to help her drunken, widowed father. Tama promises that he will return someday to care for Mahana, but will he?
This heartfelt adventure emphasizes the importance of friendship, loyalty, and most of all the worth of a soul. It was a very clean movie that has a very important message, especially for teens. I would really reccommend this movie for children eight and older, not because of any bad content, but because the message is a little deep and there are a few scary ocean scenes.
So, hurry to Netflix.com and put "The Legend of Johnny Lingo" in your instant que. It's a movie you won't regret watching.
P.S. If you don't have netflix, you can find "The Legend of Johnny Lingo" on Amazon Instant Video here.