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Mmmm... Not sure how to rate this one. On the one side it is a somewhat charming premise and I did laugh out loud a couple of times, but overall it feels a bit flat or shallow and a lot of the jokes don't work well. I have mixed feelings.
A piece of 80s cheese, Splash (AKA The Shape of Water: Origins - no, really) follows the formula a lot of 80s fantasy films do, whether that's E.T. or Short Circuit - person befriends fantastical creature, fish out of water (in this case, very literally) shenanigans in domestic setting, creature is found out by authorities and there's a big race to get the creature to safety/home. It's all pretty familiar, but not unpleasant despite some whopping plot holes and silly illogical jokes. I generally like Tom Hanks in this era, and it's especially fun to see him hard put upon by John Candy as his slimy but well-meaning brother. Eugene Levy gets the unenviable role of the comedy villain continually punished with slapstick violence, and yet, eventually finds the character's humanity. Daryl Hannah's mermaid is sadly underwritten however, a male fantasy (though a self-possessed one) who doesn't have much of a personality. A very early film for Ron Howard, he manages to avoid dated mores for the most part and gives us some interesting shots and background jokes. So yeah, not a great film - its main claim to fame is that is made "Madison" a popular name for girls - but an amusing diversion with affable stars.
Such a charming movie... not only a sweet love story and featuring a mermaid (which I love) - but also incredibly funny! Tom Hanks and John Candy are sweet and hilarious, Daryl Hannah is charming, Eugene Levy and also some people in smaller roles are just so cute and funny... great!
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This movie ranks #64 in Paste's The 100 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #136 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #617 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office