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The Thirteenth Year (1999)

A teen learns that his birth mother is a mermaid after he begins to grow fins and slimy scales on his thirteenth birthday.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chez Starbuck ...
Cody Griffin
Justin Jon Ross ...
Jess Wheatley
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Sam
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Big John Wheatley
Tim Redwine ...
Sean Marshall
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Whit Griffin
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Sharon Griffin (as Lisa Stahl Sullivan)
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Coach
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Mrs. Nelson
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Joe
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Hal
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Doctor Schwartz
Cameron Curtis ...
Todd
Craig Hauer ...
Zach
Sarah Elizabeth Combs ...
Heather
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When Cody Griffin turns 13, things are going good. He is a star swimmer, he is getting interest from a girl named Sam, and he has a supportive family. Then he discovers that he may be turning into a fish. He also discovers who his true friends are. Written by Critic3

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Cody's Not Just Growing Up... He's Growing Fins!


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15 May 1999 (USA)  »

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The 13th Year  »

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Kristen Stewart appeared as an uncredited extra (girl in the fountain line) and The Thirteenth Year (1999) is her first IMDb credit. Her mother, Jules Stewart, was the script supervisor for the TV movie. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, when Jess's dad is chasing and gaining on the mermaid, the camera shows her head above the water and her back facing the boat, moving away from him. In the very next shot, less than a second later, she's suddenly on her back and not moving, smiling up at him. See more »

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Jess Wheatley: Nerds don't have really friends; we just have hobbies.
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References The Little Mermaid (1989) See more »

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A Troubling Puberty
12 December 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Chez Starbuck is going through one interesting puberty, in his 13th year he's starting to grow fish scales and fins, especially when he's in the water. Which being a junior high school swimming champion he's in the water a lot.

It turns out that he was adopted, a baby left on his parent's boat, they run water tours from their sleepy Pacific coast village. The only one who young Chez can confide in is his friend Justin Jon Ross whose dad is the local eccentric and runs a salvage business. The dad is played by Brent Briscoe and he's seen mermaids in the harbor and has even done research on the subject, though where he would have got it, God only knows.

Disney channel features aren't any competition for Gone With The Wind or The Godfather, but The Thirteenth Year is definitely one of the silliest on record. There are so many holes in the plot on this one, I gave up counting. But I doubt this is the typical experience for MerMen in any case. Just why the infant that grew up to be Chez Starbuck was left on the boat was left unexplained.

I'm not sure I want to find out.


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