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Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks stars as Allen Bauer, a workaholic who's convinced he can't fall in love. That is, until he's mysteriously rescued at sea by the mermaid of his dreams! Soon Allen and Madison (Daryl Hannah) are swept away by hilarious and heartwarming romance. Academy Award® winner Ron Howard directs a star-studded cast, including Eugene Levy, and hilarious John Candy in a magical tale.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that's kept afloat by Ron Howard's unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.
It's a rambunctious comedy, coming from director Ron Howard who, with his previous, wacky Night Sh...
June 25, 2017
Howard demonstrates exactly the correct soft touch, skirting the myriad problems of taste.
July 3, 2018
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Common Sense Says
'80s fishy fairy tale has sex, some cursing.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Splash is a 1984 comedy in which Tom Hanks falls in love with a mermaid. Literal-minded teens may take this fantasy for an idealized version of what relationships are like. Especially for young girls, this film may encourage them to think that what they look like is more important than what they think. There's some brief nudity (Madison is often shown naked from the back, with only her hair covering her private parts, Allen is naked in a tub of water in a research lab, covering his private parts with his hands) and comic violence, and the main characters are quite sex-crazed, though not much more than elevator make-out sessions are shown. Hanks' character is extremely drunk at a bar after a wedding, slurring his speech. Cigarette smoking. A character says in Swedish (with subtitles) "I have a 12-inch penis." Occasional profanity: "bitch," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "hell." Freddy is lecherous, bringing porn magazines into work, bragging of getting an erotic letter published in Penthouse, dropping coins to look up girls' skirts, etc.
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- Genre:Comedy, Fantasy
- Release Date:March 9, 1984
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:Stereo
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