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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:


Author: Horror4life1234 from Las Vegas
30 December 2002

hahaha I always find this movie really funny every time I see it, because I used to be in acting class with Chez Starbuck. It however is pretty entertaining for a TV Disney movie. The special effects could have been a little better but go figure. For anyone from Las Vegas who thinks Chez Starbuck looks familiar it's because he lived here for a while. He actually left The Las Vegas Academy mid semester to pursue his acting career.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Wet fun with a little merboy

Author: Matthew Ignoffo ( from Eatontown, NJ, USA
25 May 1999

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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Entertaining merman movie

Author: Strombol
17 May 1999

I caught this on The Disney Channel when there was nothing else on, preparing to hate it. For the first few minutes, or any other time it tries to be "magical", it's hard to take. But the rest of the movie, about a boy who turns 13 and instead of going through puberty starts turning into a fish, is entertaining and loopy. It reminded me of the old charming Disney live action movies like "The Shaggy Dog" and "Sammy the Way Out Seal" instead of the recent, much more noisy ones. The kid actors seem to having a lot of fun. *** out of ****

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A Troubling Puberty

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
12 December 2008

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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Do Mermaids Exist????

Author: stiener from Kittanning, Pa, Usa
18 May 1999

This was a great movie about a boy (Cody) on his 13th birthday, discovers he is slowly turning into a MerMan!. Great casting, Excellent Story & Great special Effects!!! Great for Children and Adults. Featuring the "Full House" comedian Dave Coulier!

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Good for mermaid fans not seeking porn

Author: Katie_B88 from Nova Scotia, Canada
17 March 2003

A friend sent me this movie because we both like mermaids. I thought it would suck, but I loved it! If there are any mermaid fans out there, you know how hard it can be to find mermaid videos without any porn. This is a great movie for teens especially who have an interest in movies. Plus the guy who plays Cody is kind of cute!!! Also if you've ever watched Full House you will reconize the father. Its Joey and he is really good in it. Now mind you, hes not as funny as when he was on Full House, but hes still pretty good.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Another Fish Tale

Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles
7 March 2009

For reasons not entirely clear, a beautiful mermaid leaves her baby son with a goofy boater; happily, a nice couple picks him up instead. In this story, mermaids get fishy when they reach that certain age. Thirteen years later, the baby boy grows into typical teenager Chez Starbuck (as Cody). He takes an advanced swim class (the team looks high school), competes with Tim Redwine (as Sean), and gets a birthday kiss from Courtnee Draper (as Sam). Then, young Starbuck's palms get sticky. He makes friends with lonely nerd Justin Jon Ross (as Jess), who helps him in biology; in return, Starbuck promises he will teach young Ross to swim. Then, Starbuck's hands sprout scales... Cute.

**** The Thirteenth Year (5/15/99) Duwayne Dunham ~ Chez Starbuck, Justin Jon Ross, Tim Redwine

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:


Author: stiff5 from United States
3 October 2007

The Thirteenth Year is a very entertaining Disney Channel movie. It is definitely not of one of Disney Channel's best, but it's OK. One thing that was a negative was the acting and dialog. I know this is a Disney movie, but the acting is very unbelievable at times, especially by the main character, Cody. The chemistry between the mermaid mother and Cody also felt kind of awkward. The dialog is also cheesy at time, but this is expected. But on the good side the makeup of the mermaid was very nice though and was a big plus. The story is entertaining and sure to keep you interested. and overall the good outweighs the bad. The Thirteenth Year isn't amazing but a really entertaining flick. Enjoy.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A swimmer's delight...

Author: john from CA
17 November 2002

it's about the little mermaid but as a boy. This is a family show with Dave Coulier from Full House and a beautiful mermaid looking for her son after 13 years. The adopted mother is behind the times and sorta fishy in the brains. This is a movie for those who don't mind being offended about gils and water. This movie is a fair movie but worth watching. I give it a 7/10 stars.

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love it

Author: rose-hartford6
14 May 2016

i remember watching this on Disney channel years ago. i feel in love with it and to this day still enjoy watching it. if you want a family movie that has a great story line this is the movie for you. from the beginning of the movie you are immediately drawn into the movie. as the movie continues you want to watch more and more of it. when i first watched this movie years ago all i wanted was to have a sequel made so i can watch it everyday, but now i am glad that Disney channel did not make a sequel. this movie has it all for a family movie a great story for the parents to enjoy, mermaids and other stories for the kids. if you really enjoy this movie when you are done and want another Disney classic i would recommend luck of the Irish or cadet Kelly.

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