A lot of you don’t know this, but I have a slight obsession with mythical creatures. Anything from dragons, to unicorns, and my personal favorite, mermaids! I strongly believe it was The Thirteenth Year that ignited my love for mermaids/merpeople because it was one of the first DCOMs I saw as a kid, and I had not seen The Little Mermaid yet. If I did, I have no memory of it. The Thirteenth Year became one of my favorite DCOMs of all time, and I would love to watch this again one day! Maybe, when I have enough money to afford Disney+!
This movie is about an adopted teenager named Cody Griffin, who finds out he is a merman after he starts experiencing weird changes following his thirteenth birthday. At the beginning of the movie, the audience sees that his birth mother is a mermaid, and she left Cody on a boat to protect him from being captured. The Griffins adopted Cody after they discovered him on their boat. Thirteen years later, Cody is one of the best swimmers on his school’s swim team, and dating one of the most popular girls at school. Along the way, Cody meets Jess after getting paired with him for a biology project.
Besides the merman and mermaid aspects of the movie, I loved Cody’s friendship with Jess. I mean, Cody was the popular guy at school, while Jess was the typical school geek. I love those friendships that break the stereotypes. Also, I thought that Cody and Jess’s friendship was well-developed throughout the movie. At first, Cody was trying to avoid him because he was unpopular, but after getting to know each other better, and Jess helping Cody understand his new merman transformation, they became good friends!
Ah, we also see the downsides of friendship when they betray you. Sean, Cody’s friend on the swim team, turned on Cody’s back after thinking Cody cheated at the swim meet. Sean was not a nice person overall, so I’m glad Cody ended things with him.
Sam, Cody’s girlfriend, also had to learn to accept Cody for who he was after discovering his merman identity. It took her a while at first, but once she did, it was worth it! Cody ended up showing Sam his birth mother, how sweet!!!! Their relationship was cute because it was so innocent, knowing they were only thirteen!
I don’t want to spoil the movie too much, so I’ll stop right there! The point of all that is to show you that this movie is about acceptance and embracing your differences. It could’ve been Cody accepting himself or his friends accepting him. In the process, Cody lost a friend, but he also gained a friend. I have no other words to describe this film, other than it’s about a boy that turns into a merman. It can’t get better than that! Also, Dave Coulier from Full House is in it too, if that helps! Can we also talk about how real Cody’s fins and scales looked? I mean, I give props to the makeup artists that were in charge of the film.
It would’ve been cool to see a sequel to The Thirteenth Year because I wanted to see what Cody was like after his mom helped him with his merman powers, and how he handled it at school! If you have Disney+, go watch The Thirteenth Year, it’s cute, simple, and a classic for the early DCOMs!
Have you watched The Thirteenth Year? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments down below to start a conversation!
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