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Year
1984
Runtime
111 min.
Director
Ron Howard
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Rating *
6.2
Votes *
33,642
Checks
5,578
Favs
119
Dislikes
54
Favs/checks
2.1% (1:47)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    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. 10 years 4 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    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. 4 years 2 months ago
  3. IreneAdler's avatar

    IreneAdler

    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! 8 years 3 months ago
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