Set in New York City, Allen Bauer (Hanks) meets a mysteriously odd women who captures his heart in a way never before. While taking care of Madison (Hannah), Allen must continue to run his shipping business and deal with his perverted older brother Freddie (Candy). Between the moments Allen has to stop Madison from walking the streets of NY in the buff and stoping Freddie from peeking up women’s skirts by droping change on the ground, he discovers that his new love is a mermaid. Enter Walter (Levy), an obsessed scientist who has been chasing afer the elusive mermaid since his encounter at the bottom of the ocean. Walter makes it his mission to expose Madison for what she really is, and re-claim his sanity and credibility among the community of researchers. Once the goverment captures Madison in order to prod and probe her for data, Allen rushes to the rescue with help from his brother and Walter.
Sitting on my couch watching this movie, and reminiscing of the days when we were kids -because I was like 10 when this movie was big- a friend and I brought up how much we admired actors like Tom Hanks and John Candy, how weird that was since we were only in grade school, and how we should have had bigger heroes like sports stars or something. Following this observation we began discussing on how we missed seeing John Candy in flicks. What a happy guy, and his character in Splash Freddie, portrays his kindness well.
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We also talked about how we missed the style a younger Tom Hanks gave us. Hanks has made some truly great comedies like Bachelor Party and The `Burbs. Not that I don’t like his current films, but I think he should make more of an effort to return to his roots, we did grow to love him because of those roles.
Also we had a great time joking about Eugene Levy; wow is that guys career doing fantastic! For such a funny looking guy, his talent has kept him in films for years, and I don’t see him going any where any time soon.
We went on and on telling jokes and spitting out movie lines. Actually we were shocked on our memory skills, I didn’t think I had scene that movie in 8 years or so, and I was able to fire out the quotes like I saw it a few days ago.
The point is that Splash is a really good movie. CAn you think of a mermaid flick that has been filmed since then -and you can’t count that made for HBO horror flick She Creature-, I couldn’t. So go rent or buy Splash on DVD, you will be tossed back to your youth and remember how much you liked these guys. It has a great cast, and you will be so pleased to see some of those faces again especially John Candy.