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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Splash (1984)

The owner (Tom Hanks), along with his brother (John Candy), of a wholesale produce business finds himself unable to commit to a relationship. This changes when he meets a mysterious statuesque blonde (Daryl Hannah). What he doesn't know is that she's a mermaid! Directed by Ron Howard, this charming Oscar nominated (best original screenplay) romantic comedy/fantasy remains one of the best romcoms of its era. This is due in no small part to the central performances of Hanks and Hannah, strong enough that SPLASH became the breakthrough film in their careers. As Hanks' obnoxious brother, John Candy is ..... obnoxious but this was the 1980s when obnoxiousness was considered funny for some reason. The film is rather adult in its execution (Hannah's brief nudity, sexual innuendoes) but kids will enjoy it as much as the grown ups. There's a beautiful theme song sung by Rita Coolidge over the end titles. With Eugene Levy, Dody Goodman, Howard Morris, Bobby Di Cicco and Shecky Greene.   

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