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Product Details

  • Actors: Chez Starbuck, Dave Coulier, Lisa Stahl, Courtnee Draper, Justin Jon Ross
  • Directors: Duwayne Dunham
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: January 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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A fisherman chases a mermaid, she "temporarily" stows her newborn on a boat, the owners find the baby, and thus begins young Cody's life on land. Fast-forward to the kid's 13th birthday when he starts growing scales and sparking electricity. (Of course, that would make it the 14th year, but who's counting?) His swim-team stardom is threatened, his girlfriend is puzzled, and the nerdy brainiac who can't swim turns out to be his best ally. This tale of a popular dude who turns into a mer-boy and finds his undersea self--and biological mother--began life as a Disney Channel movie and stars Dave Coulier (TV's Full House) as the adoptive dad. Don't look for deep lessons during this 88-minute lark; it's strictly for fun. (Ages 5 and older) --Kimberly Heinrichs

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It is a unique story and while cheesy, it's still good fun.
Murphy
My little sister and I saw this Disney Channel movie in a hotel room, and she loved it so much I bought it for her.
"im_a_dork"
As we talked about the movie she immediatly said it was her favorite.
karen klotz

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I just can't seem to get enough of those Disney Channel Original movies! THE THIRTEENTH YEAR is about a 13-year-old named Coddy Griffin. When Coddy was born, his mother (who's a mermaid) had to abadon him on land to protect him from harm. He couldn't live in the water until 13, when he becomes a merman. Later, a human couple find him in their boat and take him home and adopt him. Years later, when he just turned 13, Coddy begins to realize that he is a bit different from his family and friends! It starts to occur while he's swimming at a swim meet on his school's swim team (he's the star and fastest swimmer on the swim team, by the way) and he starts to grow a fin and scales. He even starts sticking to walls and such! While all this is happening, Coddy is trying to win over his crush, Samantha. And trying to avoid the nerdy, but smart, Jess. Jess figures out that Coddy is a merman, though Coddy doesn't believe him because he thinks mer-people do not exist. Then he ends up meeting his biological mother, who really is a mermaid, and ends up learning the truth about his life. I highly recommend this movie and any other Disney Channel Original movie - and any of the Wonderful World Of Disney Original movies, too! Great, fun movie you can watch over and over again without getting bored. Very entertaining with great acting. Not at all cheesy or [...]. A must-see.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "im_a_dork" on July 15, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
My little sister and I saw this Disney Channel movie in a hotel room, and she loved it so much I bought it for her. It's too bad that it costs so much now. This movie about a boy discovering who he really is (a merman) is wonderful for children, and also for adults, as long as they don't expect something more than a made for tv movie aimed at kids. It has its fair share of cheese, and the special effects aren't great, but it's good for a few laughs and a fun 90 minute distraction. I'd have to give it five stars, based mainly on sentimental value. But don't take my word on it. It's worth renting and seeing for yourself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 11, 2006
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At the begining of this movie, we see A baby being left on a boat by a mermaid. This "Baby" named cody starts noticing some Wierd changes. First he startts to grow scales on his arms and legs when he gets wet. He becomes very thirsty. His nerdy friend, Jess; a science loving brainiac, does some tests on him, and concludes that all of his symptoms show that he is turning into no other than a mer-man. His adoptive parents don't know what to do with him, his girlfriend, Sam, starts to notice something going on with him, and Jess tells him to stay away from water. Cody does not want to let his swim team down, or turn into "fish boy."

I really liked this movie. I saw it at age 12, and totally fell in love with it. I am so in love with it, I HAD to buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 8, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is an excellent all round movie! It has some important hidden messages about the complications of growing up and shows these messages in a humorous way. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and definatly think it's worth seeing. I don't think that the movie is worth its new price of $95.95 though. Buy it used or just rent it. I was lucky, I bought the movie new for only $13.99 when it just came out. It's too bad there can't be a sequel though. Even though Chez Starbuck, who played Cody, did an amazing job there is no way around the fact that he was only a few months away from his 18th birthday by the time the movie was finished. You have to admitt that it was pretty obviouse Chez was not just turning 13. He would be much to old if a sequel were done. Now, in the year 2004, Chez is aproaching his 21st birthday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By supermoviefreak on February 10, 2001
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I don't usually like made for t.v. movies. But Disney makes some pretty good ones. This one is about a couple who find a baby boy in a basket on a boat. They take him in and raise him. Now, Cody has become a teenager. Life is pretty tough with bullys, swimming practice, and his crush. But now he's hit with another problem. He's a merman! He seeks help from the class nerd whos father plans to catch a mermaid. Once Cody meets his birth Mom, he has to decide weather he wants to stay on land, or live in the sea. I recommend that you go to your local video store and rent this because it's not worth the price, but is worth the time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By disneychanneloriginalmoviesfreak on February 14, 2001
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I Love Disney Channel Original Movies! They are good movies for the whole family! This one is about Cody. His parents found him on a boat and adopted him. Now he's 13 and going through some pretty big changes. Not only is he getting taller, voice getting deeper, and getting hormones, his hands are becoming sticky, getting electricaally charged, and his skin keeps growing scales! The class nerd tells him he's turning into a mer-man! He also tries to help him. When Cody's real mom appears (she's a mermaid), Cody must choose between a life on land, or the sea. Teaches kids about family and friends. Rent it today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2001
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I think this movie is really good. Chez Starbuck is super hott, and Courtnee Draper is an awesome actress. I've always been interested in myths, the ocean, and marine biology, so this really fit in my interests. I would suggest seeing it if you haven't already! -Bess
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By A Customer on May 9, 2001
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An excellent Movie. If there were a possible 10 stars I would give it ten. It is not worth the new price,but you should definitely rent it or buy a used one. The preformance of the actors is 200% It is the story of a young couple who find a baby boy on their ship and adopt him. When Cody (the baby) turns 13 he expects for hormones to change,Shave, and his voice to change like every other kid,but instead he starts get fish scales,is able to breath underwater,has eletricity in he hands,starts sticking to walls, and all this is happening when he is trying to win over his crush Sam. The smart kid in his class tells him he is a mermaid, but he refuses to beleive him.He is also on the swim team and is the second fastest, and he finds out he can not swim without turning into a fish. When he meets his birthmother he must choose between land or water.
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