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The Thirteenth Year (1999)

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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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Duwayne Dunham

Writers:

Jenny Arata (story), Robert L. Baird (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chez Starbuck ... Cody Griffin
Justin Jon Ross Justin Jon Ross ... Jess Wheatley
Courtnee Draper ... Sam
Brent Briscoe ... Big John Wheatley
Tim Redwine Tim Redwine ... Sean Marshall
Dave Coulier ... Whit Griffin
Lisa Stahl ... Sharon Griffin (as Lisa Stahl Sullivan)
Brian Haley ... Coach
Karen Maruyama ... Mrs. Nelson
Regan Burns ... Joe
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Hal
Richard Tanner ... Doctor Schwartz
Cameron Curtis Cameron Curtis ... Todd
Craig Hauer Craig Hauer ... Zach
Sarah Elizabeth Combs 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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 13th Year See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There's an uncredited appearance by Kristen Stewart (in her first role) as a girl in the fountain line. 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 »

Quotes

Jess Wheatley: [of the growth on Cody's hand] I've never seen anything like that before. Well, I *have*... but on frogs and lizards and stuff.
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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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Bright Idea From Disney...
26 April 2001 | by BHorrorWriterSee all my reviews

I had heard about this movie like last year some time, but never bothered to watch it, or make an attempt to see any of it. Disney Movies, normally aren't too interesting to me, only cause I'm older than the subject matter. However, since my daughter has really taken to Playhouse Disney, we watch Disney alot more.

I'm 24 and found this movie to be a little older than it was portrayed...Not by much. The actor (Chex Starbuck), playing cody is almost 20, and he is playing a 13 year old. He does look the part; though. I found his acting to be fairly good as far as child actors go. Disney Channel movie typically have less than great young actors...With only a few really good one: (Ryan Merriman being one of them..A good one that is). Courtnee Draper (Sam), was also good, however, she tends to do this thing with her eyes in more dramatic scene's, and it is obvious she doesn't mean to do this....Kinda like George Clooney's lowering his brow thing (off the topic, nevermind). Dave Coulier was surprisingly good. I hated his character of Joey on Full House, and found him a better actor when not acting like a moron and a concerned father instead... a good switch....

I do feel a sequel is in order, and hope that The Disney Channel also feels that way. I am willing to write something for submission. After watching this movie yesterday, I have a few ideas. I love the fact of a MerMan and not a Mermaid theme...There are possiblities. And the Swimming aspect. I was a pro swimmer for 9 years on a league, so i could relate to the character of Cody. I never got into the Speedo thing though...That wasn't me!

Overall not a bad offering from Diseny channel....Still want a Sequel, though. I liked the characters enough to watch them again.

8 Out of 10


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