An 80's Love Story CLASSIC! Great Movie! (by gpmac)
If you grew up in the 80's, you can see why this movie still is a great classic! Great acting from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah and a story line that can be taken funny as well as seriously. If you didn't see this movie in the 80's you probably won't appreciate it that much. I would rank it with other greats such as Teen Wolf, Heathers, etc. "Behold, the mermaid!"..lol..
Great Splash! (by dracula_27)
I used to watch this movie as a kid and occasionally when I was in my teens but I watched it again now im 24 and I must say its an excellent movie, which also has a very good story line, and one you can relate to if you have been in a relationship where your asking yourself many questions about the person your with and things that do which don't make sense! Not that we are dating mermaids, but it is a movie that has Alan Tom Hanks in a very real situation of been in love with someone who he is trying to figure out who she is but she wont give the answers or really open up. Its a movie <more>
of great comedy also!! John Candy and Eugene Levy are hilarious!!!! As is Tom Hanks! Some of the one liners and scenes in this movie will have you in stitches!!! This for me is a movie that could have been released today and still do very very well. A great movie which I can watch over and over!
One of the most charming and irresistible romantic comedies ever! (by TheLittleSongbird)
I will admit there have been some romantic comedies I have not liked, and others I have. One thing for certain though, I adore Splash! It is a beautiful, charming and sweet romantic comedy that has quickly become a favourite of mine. For instance the whole film is beautifully shot, with lovely cinematography and stunning underwater sequences. Plus New York looks absolutely gorgeous here.The music is also delightful. The song in the end credits was so beautiful, I nearly cried. Maybe it was also to do with how it is sung; the vocals were sublime, and never spoiled the mood of the song. The <more>
script is funny and touching, more the latter than the former, but who cares? There are still some funny parts of the movie. The direction from Ron Howard was secure and focused throughout.There were so many charming scenes in Splash! The ending certainly was exactly that, and a bit of a tear jerker as well. Another charming scene that springs to mind was the ice skating scene. Not only how it was filmed, but also the music featured. A perfect choice of music for that particular scene, the Skaters Waltz. I also thought that the movie's length was perfect, and the pacing was just fine.And I can't write this review without mentioning the performances. Every single person did a superb job. Tom Hanks is charismatic and likable enough and was perfectly cast as Allan Bauer, a successful businessman who falls in love with a beautiful mermaid named Maddison. Speaking of Maddison, didn't Daryl Hannah look gorgeous here? She is a generally ignored actress, and she was positively charming. Eugene Levy plays a sort of bad guy, and he is funny as well as detestable. However, the film's humour comes from the late John Candy who is hilarious as Allan's brother.All in all, I adore this movie. Out of all the romantic comedies I have seen, this has to be the most charming and possibly irresistible. I have been vocal before about not trying to take IMDb ratings to heart, but 6.2 is too low for this movie. It does deserve a higher rating than that. While not the best movie ever made, it is certainly one of my all time favourite movies for a number of reasons. 10/10 Bethany Cox
I thought this movie was absolutely wonderful. It was so very cute and fairly funny at times! Very different from most movies with the whole mermaid thing. See men dig fish! Remember that! You know what I really enjoyed about it? The fact that you had this nutty guy going around trying to prove she was a mermaid, yet looking completely stupid and insane while doing so.. Oh man he was so funny. I remember growing up watching this movie.I loved it then and still do. It's a classic, a must see. If you haven't seen it already, I suggest you rent it! Enjoy it! Tell me how it goes, but I <more>
Here's a true piece of Hollywood Candy, a sweet as they come! An 8-year old boy falls off of a tour boat at Cape Cod and is saved from drowning by what appears to be a little girl mermaid. The boy never forgets about what happened that day, although everyone insists he was hallucinating.Years later, now a man and played by Tom Hanks , another trip to Cape Cod brings dejavu: Hanks falls off of a tour boat and is rescued by an all grown mermaid played by Daryl Hannah . Could it be the same mermaid that saved him when he was a boy? -- The mermaid has normal legs when kept dry, but once <more>
splashed with water, the legs turn into fish fins. Hannah is able to conceal her true identity, until a "bad guy" exposes her. There are complications, but eventually everything comes up roses.One great scene is where the grown up mermaid spends 6 hours in the electronics department of a store, and learns the English language fluently by watching TV non-stop. Cute! -- This film is very entertaining and helps us feel compassion for anyone who is somehow different from what society considers the norm. The somewhat predictable ending is beautiful! Highly recommended, especially to the hopelessly romantic cinema enthusiasts out there!
Splash, An Excellent Love Story (by funky_cherry86)
Splash is one of those romantic comedies that leaves viewers entertained and enchanted at the story about the love between a man and his mermaid girlfriend. The chemistry between Tom Hanks & the gorgeous Daryl Hannah was charming and sweet, they made a cute couple in this adorable movie.When Allen Bauer was eight years old he had an accident while on vacation with his family, he fell off a ship into the water and was rescued by a mermaid MacKarvich . 20 years later Allen, Hanks is grown up and running his father's fruit produce business with his older, bachelor fun loving brother <more>
Freddie Candy .One day Allen returns to Cape Cod because of old memories, to this day he still remembers the accident but doesn't know for sure if there was a mermaid.While heading to Cape Cod Allen has another accident and is rescued by the same mermaid, she travels to New York to find the man she saved twice. Once they meet again sparks begin flying and he names her Madison Hannah after a street sign. Meanwhile scientist Dr. Walter Kornbluth Levy is determined to find and show people that this girl is a mermaid, after a few days Allen's fallen in love with her not knowing why she acts so strange or comes from a place with no music, ice or clothes. When Madison's secret is revealed and she's captured by other scientists Allen, Dr. Kornbluth and Freddie make a daring rescue attempt and free her from government hands. Afterwards Allen & Madison leave New York behind and swim away together to her home. I found this movie to be enchanting and very romantic, Eugene Levy's performance as the mad scientist was comical and funny, John Candy's laughable and his role as Allen's brother was hilarious.
Clever man meets mermaid comedy with Hanks fitting the bill as a lonely New York bachelor who falls in love with winsome mermaid Hannah. Candy is also delightful as Hanks' irresponsible brother. The script is very funny and director Howard has a wonderful eye for the sentimental and satiric.
Loved the sincerity of everything. (by leovic)
The premise is ridiculous. And after watching it for the first time recently, the relationship build up of Allen Tom Hanks and Madison Daryl Hannah seemed a little flimsy in my opinion. But I loved that the cast and the two leads just went for it and did the romance wholeheartedly. And that's what's so strong about this movie other than the comedic performances of John Candy and Eugene Levy is the chemistry of Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. They were just so sincere with the relationship they were trying to show.The movie is a fish-out-of-water type romantic comedy. Madison is a <more>
mermaid that falls in love with Allen a hopeless romantic that's weirdly apprehensive when it comes to love. And that apprehension brings up the major issue I had with the movie. Initially the relationship between the leads seemed like Madison loved Allen more than Allen did her and for no good reason. And yes, I understand that they built Allen up at the start as hesitant when it came to love. They just didn't show enough to convince that that mattered to his arc. Also, they didn't show enough as to why Madison loved Allen so much. But then later on when the goofs started coming in and with the crisis of the ending act of the movie. I started to believe that Allen did have deeper feelings for Madison. And it did help that Tom Hanks added a knew when to pull back the comedy and bring in the emotion and drama of his character. Also, Daryl Hannah was just so fun to watch as a wide-eyed foreigner but also fun to see her unexplained deep love for Allen. I guess unexplained is a bit much ... maybe contextualized would be better. But to my point of the sincere performances of the leads. It's just so fun to watch them in love with no hint of irony or parody that my current mindset of relationships in film is right now. The movie and the leads performance is just unabashed in it's romanticism. And that made me love the movie. And again John Candy and especially Eugene Levy really brought the comedy to this.All-in-all, I recommend the movie. If you happen to catch on cable like I did, it's not a bad experience.
Whether fondly remembered as 'that movie your teenage self snuck into repeatedly to try to glimpse Darryl Hannah in the nude' or retroactively scrutinized as 'that hazy 80s rom-com starring Tom Hanks, a mermaid, and Tom Hanks' hair,' you'd be forgiven for dismissing Ron Howard's fantasy rom-com as more 'All Wet' than a Splash. But lo: the years have been kind to this one. Splash, silly and disposable as it might look, holds up, and then some. It's enjoyably zany, deceptively intelligent, and resonantly sweet, and a prototype for one of the most enduring <more>
romantic comedies of its decade. Okay, sure - yes, it is a hazy, fairly dopey 80s rom-com, bringing with it all the tropes you'd expect, starring Tom Hanks, his hair, a mermaid. And yes, you can glimpse Darryl Hannah in the nude though if that's all you're here for, shame on you, you John Candy coin-dropping-skirt-peeker, you! . But Splash has so much more to offer than its bare minimum. For one, it sparkles with deceptively subtle and funny dialogue throughout, making its thoroughly silly premise surprisingly easy to drift along with, scoff-free. This is hugely helped by Howard's propensity for odd little details, with plentiful improv cutaways I'll eat an entire lobster, shell and all, if "let's pee down his air tube" factored in the script to the specificity of the tribulations of Hanks' produce-supplying profession lending the film the fresh, bouncy vibrancy of an SCTV or SNL sketch. Hanks and Hannah's romance, cheerfully nonsense a scenario as it is, is likewise oddly tender and easy to invest in. It's chock full of adorably iconic snippets the fountain; what's likely the most memorable lobster scene outside of Annie Hall , with just enough of a snarky undercurrent to bite back excessively saccharine overtones. There's a great gag in Hannah's Madison learning English from television commercials, but speaking in crass advertising soundbites, and while Hanks' somewhat pushy marriage obsession may play as dated, there's something oddly refreshing about a PG rom-com being so comparatively transparent about the protagonists' sexual relationship. All this, and only a single, fairly tolerable, Rita Coolidge ballad on the 'dated 80s music' front, to boot! By the time we segue into the second act E.T.-style scientific scariness, it's all the more sombre and distressing by contrast, with a sneaky undercurrent of animal activism to boot again: check out the sequence of Madison wilting in her cramped aquarium tank, and tell me Howard has nothing more on his mind than Hollywood froth . It's a substantially above-average motivation for the tired cliché of the second act romantic complication, and helps add scope to Hanks' sad sack droopiness while keeping him sympathetic. It all gets a tad unhinged by the time Howard decides to go all out with an action chase sequence bang the prior non-sequitur dinner with the President feels a bit tacked on as well , but it's still all good, engaging fun, with enough of a daftly sweet ending to tie it all up with a glittery, sequined bow from Saks Fifth Avenue, natch . Still, there's no forgetting that, cultural currency-wise, Splash is largely remembered as the breakout hit cementing Tom Hanks as a bankable leading man. Watching him here, it's no surprise as to why - he's nearly bursting with exasperated charm and manic energy, flitting from angsty meltdowns bemoaning his inability to love to his flamboyant gestures of finally expressing it, all encapsulating his patented everyman charisma to a tee. Similarly, Daryl Hannah is almost unbearably sweet as lovestruck mermaid Madison, projecting a pristinely otherworldly vibe that makes her all the more credible and likable. As Hanks' cheerfully lowlife brother, John Candy essays his zany, sleazy windbag persona to slapstick, one-liner-riffing perfection. He's absolutely hysterical, only to subsequently pull the rug out from viewers and launch into an unexpectedly impassioned, sentimental monologue that makes you rethink his entire character from the onset. Finally, Eugene Levy chews scenery with the ferocity of a deranged, starving rat, as the jilted scientist desperate to expose Madison's existence, and Levy's tenacious commitment to his character's sadistic, braying weirdness makes him all the funnier and more sympathetic. Splash may trot through the gamut of tried-and-true rom-com clichés this time with more mermaids , but does so with such a twinkle in its eye and enough genuine, heartfelt material at play, that it's nigh irresistible, and infectiously watchable. But what's that you say: a remake in the works? With Channing Tatum as the **feeble Zoolander cough** Mer-man? Well, if it's anywhere near as sweet, clever, and full of unpredictable silliness as its predecessor? Dive in, Channing. -8/10