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Fishtales

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When Thomas takes a trip to Greece with his daughter, he expects a relaxed holiday from his troubles back home. Instead, things get complicated when he falls in love with a beautiful mermaid and battles an evil sea captain's plot to bring in the ultimate catch.

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  • Actors: Billy Zane, Kelly Brook, Alki David
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZIRX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By mk VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
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There's lots of mermaid movies these days. We rented this one with Ariel's new cartoon, and the kids loved it. The premise: a American professor, a classicist, at Oxford is sent on a leave of absense to a romantic, Greek island to complete his research or lose his position. His young daughter accompanies him, and as is in most of these tales, Mama is deceased. But they love each other and have lots of fun wherever they go(some similarites to "Nim's Island"). On the island, the daughter is befriended by a beautiful "goddess", aka, mermaid, and they swim and frolic and chit-chat about life, love, being human and helping her dad with his work and perhaps his lovelife. Meanwhile, Dad struggles to translate an ancient, Greek parchment, and is beseiged by a local matchmaker and her girls. A crusty fisherman(Alki David, who also wrote, directed and overacted in the movie) and his cute son seek to discover and capture the mermaid.

From an adult perspective, it has it's Ok moments, but jumps much too much back and forth between what is reasonable, and what is totally loony. But overall, it wasn't boring for us, and we enjoyed our children's reactions.

It's filmed in England and Greece; the actors deliver for their silly roles: Billy Zane plays the father as a goofy, afraid of the water, but caring nerd; Amber Savva(daughter Serena) is super. There's lots of slapstick and pre-adolescent humor; the camera work is beautiful with the underwater and island scenes; we liked the music, especially with the first mermaid encounter, shot like a music-video.

And what about the mermaid? She convinced my two pre-school girls that they exist. Woo-hoo.
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I bought this movie in high hopes that it would have plenty of "mermaid action" in it. It does!!! The mermaid and her tail are beautiful and you get to see her as a mermaid swimming in the ocean and also as a woman walking on land. My 9 year old daughter, the mermaid fanatic, really enjoys this movie!!!! Good for pre-teen to adult. (It is suitable for younger children, but they may be bored by the storyline).
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Fishtales is a cute movie for kids, but doesn't rise much further than that. As the cover art suggests, it's about a professor who falls in love with a mermaid while visiting a Greek island with his daughter. Also, there's a curmudgeonly Greek sailor who tries to capture the mermaid's jewels. Fishtales hits all the right romantic comedy notes, such as the single dad, magical love spells, and happy ending emphasizing the power of love. But the movie gets pretty silly, and will probably seem more corny than funny to most adults. Billy Zane's character, a professor, seems to procrastinate all the time and end up in ridiculous poses (his daughter finds him sleeping on his desk with his butt sticking out in the air. Other parts just seem awkwardly scary, like the Greek sailor trying to run the daughter over. Some of these parts might even be a bit too scary for little kids. Overall, it's a mixed bag that could have been better, but has its charms.
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Aquamarine, Splash, or oldies like Miranda or Mr Peabody and the Mermaid. All are comedies and all are more consistently funny than Fishtales. I think this would have been a better movie if Billy Zane and Kelly Brook played their parts straight and left the physical comedy to the actor/director Akli David. Much of the attempted comedy was more painful than funny. Also the underwater scenes would have been less distracting without the digitally added fish and other sea creatures. This DVD had no extras other than Spanish subtitles.
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We rented this movie to watch with our family. I turned it off after hearing "I'll kick your ass", "You BITCH!" and some ogling of women on the beach with suggestive comments. And that was in the first 20 minutes. I don't want to know what else was in there. I definitely don't recommend this for people with children.
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If you like mermaids and fairy tales then this is the movie for you. I really enjoyed this one because of the interactions between the actors. The bad guy is a crazy fumbler who doesn't really cause problems for anyone but himself. A must see for mermaid lovers.
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Taken as presented, this flick is fun. At times just silly, I still found it enjoyable. A clumsy but highly intelligent professon ends up in Greece with his daughter to work uninterrupted (they hope) on his great theory. Too much detail (NPI) would kill the fun, so let's just say, if you like gorgeous scenery, lots of laughs and Billy Zane, you will like this movie. See for yourself, but don't expect straight logic at any point.
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I enjoy fantasies, and sometimes you find the best fantasies in stories aimed at kids (less violence and war). This one takes place on a Greek Island so you get some Greek flavor in the fantasy. It's corny as heck and often very funny. The old woman does things like, no, I won't give it away. There are jokes that would be considered "improper" for kids in American films. (Well, I'm older and haven't watched very many films for kids, so maybe things have changed). Whatever, I enjoyed it and loved the escape from the real world. The wine helped, too, but that's another story.
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