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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

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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
Lisa Stahl ...
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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Storyline

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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The 13th Year  »

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Coach and Jess both starred in Little Giants, though they did not have any lines together. See more »

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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: IF anyone's gonna get beat up here, it's gonna be me, OK? I mean, if you guys start beating each other up, what am I gonna do in between periods? Just not get beat up? How does that fit into my job description?
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Wet fun with a little merboy
25 May 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Chez Starbuck is very appealing as Cody who is the son of a mermaid. He is raised by humans on land and thus doesn't realize his real heritage. But when he reaches puberty in his 13th year, instead of hair, he starts growing fins and scales on his arms and legs.

The film is a cute metaphor about puberty and being different. All people experience the feeling of anxiety over physical and spiritual changes in their lives just as Cody does in the story. In addition, the fact that the boy realizes that he is half fish is a metaphor for the human connection with the ecosystem around us. We are part of nature, and nature is a part of us. We, like the boy, must surrender to this connection and live in harmony.

The plot is open ended, leaving the possibility that it could be followed by another film or possibly a TV series. Judging from the fact that the film is better than average as a TV-movie, I look forward to seeing the story continue. Stay wet, Cody!


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