Saturday, May 13, 2017


 ** A Geek Daddy received the featured product for free to review**

If it is Friday night that means my kids will be in a swimming pool.  That is the evening they spend having their weekly swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School.  My daughter likes to imagine herself as a mermaid when she swims so we picked out a fitting movie for the family to watch together after their class wrapped up this week.  Picking up a pizza on the way home, we ate dinner on the living room couch while watching an advance release DVD of A Mermaid's Tale that Lionsgate had recently sent us.

The movie features a few faces that parents should find familiar in Barry Bostwick (who played the mayor in one of my all-time favorite TV shows Spin City) and Jerry O'Connell (who has had roles in the movies Stand By Me and Jerry Maguire plus is the voice of Superman in several DC Comics Justice League straight to video animated movies) as well as two upcoming young actresses Caitlin Carmichael and Sydney Scotia.  A Mermaid's Tale isn't as much a supernatural adventure as it is the story of two teen's friendship and overcoming the bias of adults to steer their own course in life.  The movie really focuses on the relationship of a lonely human girl and a quirky, curious mermaid whose characters just want to have fun, explore the world around them and be loved by friends and family.  Attributes that most kids are seeking which make Carmichael and Scotia very relatable to young audiences.

When Ryan (Carmichael) and her father (O'Connell) move from San Diego to a small coastal town to help her ailing fisherman grandfather (Bostwick) the teenage girl finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with no friends.  One day while walking along the boat docks she sees a girl in the water trapped by fishing nets struggling not to drown.  Ryan helps the girl escape and finds out that she is a mythical mermaid!  The two strike up a friendship and pledge to show each other what life is like above and below the surface of the water.  Their friendship creates a predicament for the two though as the mermaid named Coral (Scotia) is forbidden from interacting with humans to protect her kind from being hunted to extinction while Ryan's grandfather has a mysterious connection with these legendary creatures and had devoted his life to capturing one.  This of course creates a predicament!

A Mermaid's Tale is Rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America and has received a "Family Approved" seal from the Dove Foundation that reviews movies for their appropriateness for child and teen audiences.  It will be available on DVD and Digital HD beginning May 16, 2017.  To purchase the movie or for more information, please visit

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