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The girls, nearing womanhood, make several comic comments concerning their newfound appreciation for boys and exasperation that theyre not as filled out as older girls. That said, theres a sweet innocence to the production and the dialogue steers clear of crudity.
Obscene Language: There is one minor expletive, Hell; bitch is heard once; at one point, the frustrated mermaid barks a twist on words, bullshark.
Profanity: In keeping with a valley girl colloquialism the girls have a tendency to utter the expression Oh my god whenever shocked, frustrated or joyous. This idiom, which refuses to go the way of nutty or groovy, is used several times by the two 12-year-old stars and their newfound aqua-friend.
Violence: A girl is pushed off a pier by a mean-spirited rival, but it sets up the scene to show the sacrifice of friendship.
Nudity: The story takes place on a beach, so there are lots of young folk in skimpy attire, but the camera does not leer at the young people.
Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Schoolgirl crushes lead to discussing the opposite sex, but the filmmakers are respectful of their creations and careful not to abuse the audience.
Other: At one point the two preteens hoping for a miracle, pray to the gods of weather to make leaving the resort area impossible. This is done comically, there is no cultish intent. That said, parents may wish to discuss why we shouldnt pray to false gods, even in jest. The film has a sweet spirit and positive life lessons.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens, mostly girls
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