The Thirteenth Year (1999 TV Movie)
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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!
**** The Thirteenth Year (5/15/99) Duwayne Dunham ~ Chez Starbuck, Justin Jon Ross, Tim Redwine
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.
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
I expect better from Disney.
I think many young fans will like this but will feel disappointed when years later the watch the movie the remembered so fondly.
It seems like Disney figured the Disney name would bring enough people in but the movie can not hide the fact no effort was put into it other than some of the makeup effects.I also doubt parents can sit through this the way the can with so many other quality Disney offerings.
I would avoid this movie.
There are so many other Disney movies the whole family can enjoy.
Even a Disney live action movie like THAT DARN CAT holds up better than this
If you want to introduce the kids to excellent Disney fare watch a classic like Dumbo
Let's face it, kiddies. This movie sucks!!!!!