1984 PG 1h 50m DVD


1984 PG 1h 50m DVD
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In Ron Howard's first directorial hit, Tom Hanks stars as workaholic Allen Bauer, who's convinced he can't fall in love until he's rescued from a boating accident by the woman of his dreams -- a mermaid named Madison (Daryl Hannah). But if the world discovers Madison's secret, it will be sink or swim for the duo. Eugene Levy and John Candy co-star. This special edition includes original auditions, a making-of special and an audio commentary.
Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dody Goodman, Shecky Greene, Richard B. Shull, Bobby Di Cicco, Howard Morris, Tony DiBenedetto, Royce D. Applegate, Tony Longo
Ron Howard
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that 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 (see the warnings) and comic violence, and the main characters are quite sex-crazed, though not much more than elevator make-out sessions are shown.

Sexual Content

Madison is often shown naked from the back, with only her hair covering her private parts. Freddy is a lech, bringing porn magazines into work, dropping coins to look up girls' skirts, etc. Allen is naked in a tub of water, covering his private parts with his hands. Allen and Madison are shown in bed together and making out in the elevator. They talk about having sex in every room in his apartment.


Allen jumps overboard as a child and later almost drowns when he falls in the water and is hit on the head by a boat. Walter is constantly beaten up for throwing water on the wrong woman. Most of the violence is offscreen.


Not much, but there are a couple of uses of "s--t." Also "goddamn."

Social Behavior

Aside from the fact that Allen falls in love with a woman who seems dumb and mute, he seems to be confusing sex for love. Madison lies about who she is. Allen lies in order to save her.


Bloomingdale's plays a large part in this film.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Freddy drinks constantly and gets Allen drunk after a wedding. Freddy smokes cigarettes while playing racquetball and smokes cigars in other scenes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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