Scales: Mermaids Are Real

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Mermaid coming-of-age drama is forgettable but mild.

PG 2017 92 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 12+

Wow, that was uncomfortable

The entire movie is about a 12-year-old girl going through a rite of passage while predatory adult men (known as the "hunters") violently pursue her and plan to do whatever it takes to get her healing blood for themselves. There's a scene at the end of the movie where the armed hunters have grabbed some mermaids. Two of these mermaids are a mother and her 11-year-old daughter. They are being forcibly held against their will and the hunters are taunting the mom and saying they're taking her child for her blood. Look, I'm a mom. I've watched plenty of second-rate movies with some plot holes. They don't bother me in the slightest. However, my kids and I signed up for silly mermaids on a Friday night and found a movie that, at best, has a creepy vibe and uncomfortable message. No thanks.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+

The only black male character is murdered by the lead 12yo

I liked this movie at first. The sexual undertones between adult characters were there a little but nothing disturbing. This should not be shown and should be pulled because the solution to the conflict in the movie is for the 12 yo main character to murder the only black male in the film. It was not in self defense and afterward everyone smiles.. even if the character wasn’t black this would be horrific. Because he is, the movie is perpetuating racial stereotypes that lead directly to the death of black people.

This title has:

Too much violence

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