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Walter Kornbluth: I suppose you're just some harmless beachcomber who happens to wear a TUXEDO.
bombersflyup12 February 2018
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Splash was a nice fun film with an excellent cast. Unfortunately the last quarter or so was weak.

Tom Hanks is always a great lead. Daryl Hannah is breathtakingly beautiful. John Candy is humorous and lovable. Eugene Levy is not usually funny to me but has some good moments here. The last portion of the film they kidnap Madison, it drags, then they rescue her, there is a chase and then you get a happy ending. Unlike the rest of the film, which is Allen in his daily life interacting with Madison and his brother Freddie with Walter following with laughs. I remember laughing quite a bit. Liked Splash, didn't love it, well except for Hannah of course. Wowzers!
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apollack1118 January 2018
This is a wonderfully sweet and funny film. A timeless classic.
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Lovable, memorable blend of fantasy and comedy that launched important careers
Movie_Muse_Reviews14 November 2017
Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are legendary names in Hollywood today, and it's impressive how far they've come from a story about a woman emerging naked from the sea to flop into the arms of a 20-something produce distributor.

Distilled to its essence, "Splash" is just that – a lonely bachelor's fantasy played out on screen. It's what writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (who previously collaborated with Howard and Grazer on "Night Shift"), with Bruce Jay Friedman ("Stir Crazy") do to craft this hetero-male daydream into an entertaining fish-out-of- water story (literally?) that gives it real legs (sorry).

Although viewers (mostly men) will be drawn to this fantasy pretty quickly, Daryl Hannah also gets to play a goofy, atypical female lead role, which can't be underestimated in the film's success. Whether it's chomping through a lobster shell with her teeth, prancing through Bloomingdale's or just getting her fins wet in the bathtub, there's both a confidence/strength and a shyness/reserved nature to Madison – whose given name is the direct reason why you know a young woman born after 1984 named Madison. Talk about cultural impact.

So much is right with Hannah's performance. An actress with more of a name or acclaim at the time might have made Madison into more of a caricature or been distractingly attractive (given how much the camera ogles her). Hannah is alluring, mysterious and quirky in a believable way. The film's funniest moments are of her gleeful misunderstandings of American culture.

In his first big role, Hanks gives us a taste of what has made him lovable over the years. Allen is a strange and sad guy, especially in the beginning; Hanks has always done the part of the loser really well in terms of his comedic roles. He's at his best when he's frustrated, angry or desperate as Allen, but most of all he's enough of an everyman that he earns audience empathy and sympathy as a "good guy." That's all this film requires of him.

"Splash" primarily holds up due to a few clutch moments that merge fantasy and everyday comedy. Whether it's naked Madison emerging on Liberty Island and not thinking anything of it, the excellent bathtub scene or the deranged Walter Kornbluth's (Eugene Levy) attempts to expose Madison to the world, these create highly memorable and impressionable moments whether you're a kid seeing this movie on TV for the first time or a casual fan of light comedy looking to be entertained.

With a little more story and character development (Why is there a coral reef in Cape Cod and why would a mermaid be there on her own?) and the avoidance of deus ex machina, "Splash" could have even gone beyond fantastical comedy and become something a little more meaningful. The potential is definitely apparent with these two lovers from different worlds and society's fascination with things like mermaids working against them. Nevertheless, it belongs among the '80s staples and deserves some credit for leading to all the successful Howard/Grazer team-ups and Hanks hits.

~Steven C

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Loved the sincerity of everything.
leovic4 October 2017
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 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.
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A Mermaid in New York
Tweekums28 March 2017
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When New Yorker Allen Bauer was eight years old he jumped off a boat near Cape Cod and met a young mermaid; twenty years later he believes he must have imagined it. Then one day he returns to Cape Cod and falls into the water; he wakes on a beach having been rescued by the mermaid… although by the time he sees her she has legs; we later learn she only has her tail when she is wet. She then disappears into the sea and he returns home. She finds the wallet he dropped then follows him back to New York. Here she is arrested while walking around naked by the Statue of Liberty; the police contact Allen and he takes her home. She quickly learns to speak English, from watching TV, soon after she takes the name Madison, after the Avenue. The two of them start to enjoy their time together… she tells him that she can only stay a few days and that she has a secret… obviously he has no idea what it is as he rapidly falls in love with her. Meanwhile scientist Walter Kornbluth is determined to find Madison and prove what she really is.

This is a fun romantic comedy with a fairly obvious twist… namely the fact that Madison is a mermaid. The romantic plot is pleasant enough and there are plenty of laughs throughout the film as well as a degree of tension when her secret is exposed. Tom Hanks does a fine job as Allen Bauer and Daryl Hannah is great as Madison; making her unbelievable character believable. They are ably supported by John Candy who manages to walk the fine line between being hilarious and being annoying as Allen's brother Freddie and Eugene Levy who also provides plenty of laughs as Kornbluth; especially when his character keeps getting beaten up for soaking the wrong woman. Overall I'd certainly recommend this to anybody looking for an utterly charming film with almost nothing to offend.
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A Pleasant Time Waster Of Little Substance But Some Significance
sddavis6315 February 2017
I remember watching this shortly after it was released and finding it to be a fun little movie. Looked at over 30 years later it strikes me as memorable mostly because it was some of the earliest work from some of the significant names associated with it. Most notably, because of how his career evolved, this was actually the first big screen role for Tom Hanks, whose previous work had been in television. It was also an early role for Daryl Hannah, and an early piece of directing from Ron Howard. So it's not an insignificant movie at all, although it does have little of substance.

Hanks played Allen Bauer, a young New York businessman. As a boy he fell off a boat and before he was rescued he encountered a mermaid. Years later, the mermaid (played by Hannah) shows up naked (not gratuitously) at the Statue of Liberty, apparently looking for Allen. Dry and on land, she has legs, so Allen doesn't realize that she's a mermaid, and quickly falls in love with her, finding her innocence both appealing and mysterious. I thought Hanks and Hannah were both very good in their roles. They shared a nice chemistry and made the relationship believable. The supporting cast featured John Candy as Allen's brother and Eugene Levy as a scientist who is convinced that mermaids exist and wants to prove it by capturing Madison (as the mermaid has chosen to be called.) I guess the performances from Candy and Levy were all right, but I found their characters too over the top. They took the focus off the relationship between Allen and Madison, which probably could have been explored in more depth.

In the end, this can be called a pleasant way to waste some time, and an interesting look at some of the early work from people who went on to bigger and better things. (5/10)
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Moisture is the essence of wetness
pyrocitor17 October 2016
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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 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.

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A Sweet Forgetful Endeavour,
FilmBuff19946 July 2016
Splash is a decent movie with a reasonably well developed plot and a talented cast. The highlight of the movie is certainly the chemistry between Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, it is very sweet, at times quite heartwarming, it was certainly a complicated relationship to pull off and they did not seem to have any trouble with it. The weakest factor is certainly the fact that their relationship never feels in real danger, romantic comedies usually have their ups and downs, as this one does, but there is never a sense that they may never get back together, there is always a large sense of hope, which winds up bland for the audience. I also felt they did not work on the potential of the mermaid as well as they could have, it did not feel enough like a fantasy, it was far too grounded and hardly imaginative, the scene in the bathtub and the part where she says her name are the only moments that truly represent the promise of the mermaid premise. It is riddled with flaws, but great chemistry make Splash worth a look if you ever see it on television and are looking for a romantic comedy, just do not go out of your way to see it.

A young boy who is saved from drowning by a mermaid ends up falling in love with her 20 years later.

Best Performance: Tom Hanks / Worst Performance: Eugene Levy
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Cute little movie!
Irishmoviereviewer2 October 2015
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This must have the most kisses you have ever seen on any film, gee it's very romantic! Darryl Hannah and Tom Hanks developed such great relationship with playing their characters.

It was funny hearing Tom Hanks shouts, no wonder he got the job of playing Woody in Toy Story. They probably scanned this movie right and well done for them putting him on the Disney team! I liked John Candy acting as his flirty older brother, he really did fit the part! I was surprised to think that he didn't get a woman in the end but oh well, he'll find more lol!

Honestly, I would definitely consider this a movie to watch on Valentines day as it's just adorable!
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Not a bad fish tale.
OllieSuave-00719 September 2015
This one of Tom Hanks' earlier movies, where he stars as Allen Bauer who is looking for true love, and finds it in Madison (Daryl Hannah) whom, unbeknown-st to him, is a mermaid.

The romance and chemistry between Allen and Madison are pretty heartfelt and touching, with Allen looking to balance his busy work life and finding a companion to Madison adjusting to life in the city. Her only have seven days to remain in the human world before she returns to the sea serve as a pretty suspenseful backdrop to the story.

Not bad acting from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, with a steady-paced plot that can be both dramatic and funny. John Candy delivered some humor, though I've found his character a little annoying at times, as well as Eugene Levy. I don't know if filmmakers think actors being overly zealous, frustrated or excited define good acting, because that is exactly what Levy does for much of the movie. He screamed a lot and acted frustrated with everyone he encountered, which I thought was excruciatingly annoying and irritating and brought down the movie. Fortunately, his character was a little redeeming toward the second half of the story.

Overall, it's a not a bad classic '80s tale that is good for some mild laughs and romance.

Grade B-
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Ron Howard Makes a Big Splash.
Python Hyena31 August 2015
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Splash (1984): Dir: Ron Howard / Cast: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Richard B. Shull: Bizarre romantic comedy about events that impact our lives. Tom Hanks plays Allen Bauer who runs a fruit stand with his brother Freddie, played by John Candy. When Allen was a boy he nearly drown but was saved by what he believes was a mermaid. Central plot regards a reconnection with this mermaid when a boating accident ends up with him on shore with a head injury. She takes the name Madison and conceals her identity because she can only form her tail when she is wet. Eugene Levy plays Walter Kornbluth who attempts to expose Madison as a mermaid. His attempts have aggressive yet amusing consequences. Ron Howard elevates beyond his previous directing efforts Grand Theft Auto and Night Shift by creating a genuine sense of romance and acceptance. While the ending draws questions Howard proves capable of bigger challenges. Daryl Hannah brings a stunning innocence as Madison who learns fast but struggles to maintain a concealed identity until it becomes public. Tom Hanks as Allen brings confidence yet bewilderment at this strange beautiful woman. John Candy as Freddie is perverse yet loyal in assisting his brother. Levy brings the pratfalls as Walter who has a change of heart. Other roles are typical but the theme of love and connection make the biggest splash. Score: 8 ½ / 10
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We Flow Together Once & Forever Love Came For Me
gnowaczek31 July 2015
My brother bought this for me on DVD as a Christmas gift in 2006, every year on Valentine's Day I watch it because I'm a big fan of the romantic comedy genre.

Director Ron Howard with the help of writing team Babaloo Mandel & Lowell Ganz created a timeless, funny and enchanting romantic comedy that's so magical it's also classic. The cast is well selected, Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood's brightest stars I remember seeing him on television as Kip Wilson from Bosom Buddies and Ned Donnelly from a few episodes of Family Ties. His portrayal of a lonely businessman who falls for a woman with a secret was comical and sweet.

Darryl Hannah is lovely and whimsical as the mermaid, she doesn't act like a dumb blonde but rather a curious beauty trying to navigate through a world she's never been in before. The chemistry between her & Hanks is smart & touching. John Candy's break out role as Freddie Bauer Allen's older, bachelor womanizing brother was a laugh a minute great. There's a memorable scene in which Allen, Freddie and Dr. Kornbluth played by the brilliant Eugene Levy make a rescue plan to save Madison. She tells him not to feel guilty about not loving her anymore, He says "Oh Madison". "All the time we were together, you always knew how I was feeling. Can't you tell now? then they kissed. The song Love Came For Me sung by Rita Coolidge during the part where the happy couple swims away together and while the credits rolled was a moving moment.

Splash is one of 1984's best films not just for the comedy but also for the romantic fantasy displayed,I'd give it a 6.9/10.
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Hanks at his Funniest!
g-bodyl18 December 2014
Before Tom Hanks became known for his dramatic turns, he used to be a funnyman and a successful one at that as shown in the 1980's. Splash is one of his early films and it showcases his talent. This is also an early directorial effort by Ron Howard and it is a very good one. As a romantic comedy, one may have to suspend disbelief because of the far-fletched plot. But the film itself is very likable and funny. It will endear to nearly everyone, especially fans of Tom Hanks.

Howard's film is about a Manhattan bachelor named Allen Bauer who falls in love with a mermaid from Cape Cod and when their romance is made public, they must fight to save the mermaid's existence......and their love.

This is Tom Hanks at his funniest. He is a really funny guy, and the film proves that. He makes many jokes and even is adept at physical humor. However, he does show a very sentimental side which comes very useful in the film. Daryl Hannah does a good job as the mermaid, even if she does learn the entire language of English in six hours. Eugene Levy was fantastic as the man trying to prove the urban legend is real. Finally, as always, John Candy is pathetically dumb but really funny and sweet-hearted in the film.

Overall, Splash is a very endearing rom-com and it is a different style from what we are used to seeing with these kind of films and that is fine with me. It may not be entirely believable, but the film is about how love can find anyone, even the working man. This is a very good film and from what I see, not many people have seen this film, at least my generation hasn't. I rate this film 9/10.
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"Good 80's Romantic Fantasy-Comedy!"
gwnightscream17 December 2014
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Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy and John Candy star in Ron Howard's 1984 fantasy-comedy. This takes place in New York and Hanks (Big) plays Allen Bauer, a produce supplier who hasn't found love. That changes when he meets a mysterious woman, Madison (Hannah) who saves his life in Cape Cod. He eventually learns she's no ordinary woman, but a mermaid who also saved his life as a child. Levy (American Pie) plays scientist, Walter Kornbluth who runs into bad luck and the late, Candy (Planes, Trains & Automobiles) plays Allen's free-spirited, older brother, Freddie. This is a good 80's flick with a good cast & Hanks & Hannah have good chemistry. I recommend this.
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lovely fun rom-com
SnoopyStyle2 December 2014
20 years ago in Cape Cod, Allen Bauer jumps off a boat, meets a young mermaid and is rescued. Now in NYC, Allen (Tom Hanks) and his no-good brother Freddie (John Candy) are owners of their late father's fruit wholesale business. Allen's girlfriend dumps him and he runs off to Cape Cod. Eccentric paranoid scientist Dr. Walter Kornbluth (Eugene Levy) is looking for mermaids. Allen is injured after falling off another boat and a mysterious naked girl (Daryl Hannah) rescues him. She picks up his wallet and follows him to NYC. The cops find her at the Statue of Liberty with Allen's wallet and reunites them. She takes on the name Madison after the street sign.

Everybody is so lovable in this movie. Even a pervert John Candy is loads of fun. It's a joyful movie. Daryl Hannah is a beautiful fish out of water. I love the lobster. The pairing of Hanks and Candy is great. They would reunite one more time in the less successful 'Volunteers'. This is a fairly simple rom-com with Eugene Levy providing the obstacle. Director Ron Howard shows that he has a soft conventional touch.
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Harmless Splash
Thomas Drufke23 July 2014
What I really like about Splash is that it doesn't try to be anything more than a laid back comedy. There are too many movies today that attempt at a deeper meaning than necessary. Splash is just a typical 80's romantic comedy that can be fun for all ages. Its led by Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. During the times that they both communicate the chemistry is great, even with a bit of a rocky start. Of course Hanks and Hannah are the only reason I watched the film. When you read the premise it sounds like a Disney Channel film (I'm looking at you Aqua Marine) so when I ended up watching it I was pleasantly surprised. Now the movie has a lot of eye rolling moments but also a bit of charm to it as well.

For beginners I don't understand how the film can be given a PG rating with nudity across the entire 100 minutes, but the script and characters are easy enough to follow for a young age. With that being said you know exactly where the movie is headed, which can be annoying. I did find all the scenes with John Candy to be hilarious but you don't get comedic relief from anywhere else though.

But as I have said the film doesn't try to do too much with fish out of water premise. It knows when its silly and it plays off itself. Its not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination but I cant say I'm disappointed with it either.

+John Candy

+Music brings charm to the romance

+doesnt try to do too much

-A bit too silly at times


-PG rating?

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Anyone who doubts Tom Hanks' comedic prowess should take a look at this,
Mr-Fusion14 July 2014
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and that goes unquestionably for John Candy, as well. The two make for a great pairing as dysfunctional brothers. Oh, and Eugene Levy. Aw hell, the whole thing's hilarious; great dialogue, deceptively light-n-fluffy story, and Daryl Hannah is perfect as a naive, child-like mermaid.

I don't usually go for romantic comedies, but SPLASH is a winner. Genuinely funny, sentimental and easy to see why this movie was such a hit. Tee funny lines just come one after another.

It'll make a softy out of anyone.

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Pleasant But Thin, it's Starting to Feel Dated
Sean Lamberger18 June 2014
Tom Hanks breaks out in this light, charming, modestly funny fish-out-of-water comedy (har har) about a man's lifelong encounters with a lustily enamored mermaid. It can be tremendously naive at times, and the plot is about as telegraphed as they come, but there's something intangible about this picture that manages to gloss over many of those shortcomings. The central performance of Hanks is key, working as the plucky everyman he'd embody in most of his early repertoire, though this time it's dosed with a few fits of sharply possessive, unsettling anger. Maybe those shades just look bad in retrospect, as the film's a full generation old now, but it's tough not to cringe at such puzzling spots in the modern climate. I think the humor falls into a similar trap, in that it was probably more relevant at the time than it is today. A handful of comedies from the same era still serve as timeless examples of great humor (Ghostbusters, also released in 1984, springs to mind), and though a few of its gags and one-liners still connect, Splash isn't even in that ballpark after thirty years on the shelf. Hanks's easy rapport with John Candy is worth celebrating, though, and Daryl Hannah is positively breathtaking as the sweet, innocent fish-tailed beauty at the center of all the action. Simple, straight entertainment that's beginning to fade as it grows older.
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A cute romantic fantasy
lisafordeay28 December 2013
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Splash is a Touchstone Pictures romantic fantasy comedy about a young man named Alan(played by Tom Hanks)who hasn't any luck with women. As a kid he was saved by a mermaid and falls in love with her but when his father rescues him from the water the two are apart. Years later and Alan is now a grown man working in a fish warehouse and was about to get married but his former girlfriend left him. So he decides that the best place that he finds happy to refresh his mind is Cape Cod. He of course meets a scientist played by Eugene Levy and he goes on a boat that stops working. But when he ends up trying to fix it himself he falls into the water and gets knocked out cold. Suddenly a young beautiful woman(played by Daryl Hannah) saves him and his on dry land. When he wakes up he sees the woman who is fully nude and she goes back into the water.When the young woman does go into the water again she finds Alan's wallet and goes back to the dry land to track him down,eventually she does and the two fall madly in love and she goes by Madison. But she is hiding a secret from him;could she be the mermaid that he fell for as a kid??

So what do I like about this movie well for starters the acting is pretty good,the effects are great I love how you see the fins looking so life like. The Chemistry between Hanks and Hannah is really cute and adorable. Yes think of this movie as The Little Mermaid(which was this in adult form, and that 2006 film with Sara Paxton Aquamarine minus the twist of course) and you get this enjoyable flick. I finally recorded this on VHS as it was on this Xmas season and I will definitely watch it again soon.

Overall its a thumbs up if you love romantic fantasies and Tom Hanks in general along with mermaids.

John Candy as Freddie is hilarious in this movie RIP John Candy.
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A Mermaid
AaronCapenBanner8 December 2013
Ron Howard directed this hit comedy that stars Tom Hanks as harried businessman Allen Bauer, who as a young boy almost drowned off Cape Cod, but a young mermaid saved his life, and many years later as adults, when the same thing happens again, the mermaid(played by Daryl Hannah) follows Allen home to New York, where she comes ashore nude, making quite an entrance! After Allen takes her home, and names her Madison, they fall in love, which is tested when her secret comes out, and unscrupulous scientists(led by Eugene Levy) want to study her, which will mean her eventual death. John Candy costars as his brother Freddie. Appealing comedy nearly goes off the rails with the kidnapping subplot, but manages to right itself by the end. Good cast helps.
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Not your typical romantic comedy
Maziun30 November 2013
I'm not quite sure why this movie was nominated for best screenplay. Still , the story deserve some praise . The fantasy element brings something new to the genre and the story feels a little different than typical romantic comedy made in Hollywood . It's pure 80's unpretentious fun.

Daryl Hannah is convincing as the mermaid . Eugene Levy is nice as the asshole who has a change of heart. This is the movie that began Tom Hanks career . He gives his typical likable average guy performance here. Most fun comes from John Candy who plays his overconfident , big mouthed and immature brother.

"Splash" is a nice little fairytale. A pleasant way to spend your time. It's a romantic comedy , yet it never gets too sappy. I did laugh a couple of times and I had a good time despite I'm not a fan of the genre. Ron Howard and team did a nice job. I give it 6/10.
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a classic comedy
mattkratz27 April 2013
This is a true "fish-out-of-water" comedy and one of my favorites. It is a good example of perfect casting (especially Darryl Hannah as the mermaid and John Candy as the lovingly in-the-way brother) and a cast working well together. It is one of my two favorite mermaid movies along with Aquamarine. It starts off with Tom Hanks's character as a young boy being rescued from drowning by Hannah's character at the same age. It picks up later at the time the movie was set in New York City. Hanks is a busybody who runs into the mermaid again, except he doesn't recognize her (would you?, and he falls in love with her.

My favorite scenes are the Statue of Liberty scene, the department store scene with the TV sets and where she learns English, and where Eugene Levy is spraying the wrong people with water trying to prove that she's a mermaid.

This is a must for anybody who loves comedy and a movie with Tom Hanks, Darryl Hannah, and/or John Candy in it. A movie with those actors in it can't be that bad in it, and this is GREAT. I loved it and you will too.

*** 1/2 out of ****
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Sic Transit Gloria Maris.
Robert J. Maxwell2 March 2012
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This amusing fantasy about a love affair between an ordinary working New Yorker (Hanks) and a mermaid (Hannah) could have been made a generation ago by Walt Disney except for one marvelous -- and, in my opinion, highly artistic -- scene in which Daryl Hannah emerges from New York harbor wearing a pair of supernally beautiful legs and nothing else. Her naked buns, paragons of sensual grace in themselves, would probably have made old Walt think twice, although any normal man would want to jump on her and squeeze and bite them.

Hanks has met her by accident, literally, and she's everything a guy like Hanks could want. She seeks him out in New York, moves in with him, learns to speak and dress properly, loves him deeply (as only a mermaid can love deeply), and is a sexual dynamo. There is no anatomical difficulty with this since when she's out of the water, Hannah has those legs. It's only IN water, or splashed by it, that her piscatorial particulars reappear. Eugene Levy, as an ill-tempered and egomaniacal ichthyologist, feels there's something fishy about this stunning catch of the day. The movie is funny but Levy brings it to a loopy climax that the kids will love. The ending, though wistful, is basically a happy one. They have both learned what true love is. They have "gotten in touch with their feelings." (I love that phrase.) Ron Howard, the director, would never dream of having the audience leaving the theater without a glow.

Since it's intended to be a fantasy, we can skip the illogic of the plot. Well, not "illogic." Just an absence of logic. She learns to speak English in one afternoon just by watching television. Well, why not? Peter Sellars learned how to live by watching television a few years earlier. Still, one wonders where she learned to kiss so hungrily, fresh from the sea.

At any rate, most of the humor is of the "cute" variety rather than sophisticated and edgy. This is Ron Howard, not Billy Wilder. Hanks asks her name. She tells him in Ichthyese and it shatters every television screen in sight. So they stroll through the streets of the city and try to dream up a plausible English name for her. They reach Madison Avenue. "Madison!" Well, again, why not? Some of the scenes are worthy of chuckles as well as smiles. Taken to a fancy restaurant, she gets a lobster for dinner and eats the whole thing, shell and all, in an incident similar to one in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness."

To truly enjoy this film requires an imagination more deft than the usual at the suspension of disbelief. You should be really good at it.
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Dated But Fun To Watch
Desertman8428 December 2011
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"I'm in love with a mermaid!" And with the delightful Darryl Hannah in the lead, who could fault anyone with me saying that? Splash is a fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody Goodman.

The story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the boy has grown up and he is Allen Bauer. Meanwhile, the mermaid, likewise grown up, has surfaced in search of Hanks, her long-lost love. On dry land, the mermaid is able to walk about on legs; any contact with salt water, and she reverts to her half-fish form. Adopting the name of Madison from a New York street sign, the girl manages to win the young man's heart. Alas, a secret government lab, populated by such smarmy types captures Madison for research purposes--and possible vivisection. Egged on by his brother,Allen Bauer rescues his beloved, joining her in the ocean.Together they swim along the ocean floor toward what appears to be an underwater kingdom.

Splash is a light-hearted comedy that sparkles here and there thanks to its fairy tale elements.The gorgeous Daryl Hannah does wonders with her thankless job, flitting tiny moments of joy and confusion across her face.The charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah makes this film a perfectly light, warmly funny film to watch. It maybe dated for present viewers but it is still a delight to watch.
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