The Whale (out Feb 2) is the tale of Charlie, a morbidly obese man trying to reconcile with the teenage daughter he walked out a decade ago. The film picked up first-time Oscar nominations for stars Brendan Fraser and Hong Chau but the film’s script is underwhelming. The missionary adds next-to-nothing, the caregiver’s complicity is barely questioned, and Charlie’s attitude is difficult to reconcile. Grade: C+.