A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ladyfish is the typical damsel in distress and seems to have no thoughts of her own except about Henry.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of comic violence, including Henry falling off the dock and being presumed dead, fish eating each other, a fish being caught on a hook. Lots of naval warfare, including torpedo fires and depth charges.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Henry kisses Bessy on the cheek. Ladyfish rubs up against Henry and wants to spawn with him. Ladyfish kisses Crusty.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Stickel and Harlock smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie discusses death and shows Henry falling into the ocean as a fun, comic thing that doesn't hurt him. The movie also acknowledges "spawning" so kids may ask for an explanation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This has everything a good children's movie should: celebration of imagination, a lovable main character with which kids can identify, some silly and fun songs, and cartoons. Throw in some explosions and espionage, and you have a film kids will love and that adults may remember fondly from their own childhoods. And adults may get a kick out of the truly X-Files-ish moment when Stickel (Jack Weston) and Harlock (Andrew Duggan) pull out the file on Mr. Limpet 20 years later.
So what's not to love here? It's a small gripe, but worth mentioning: Ladyfish, Henry's underwater love interest, is a simpering idiot. Unlike Henry's caustic human wife (Carole Cook), who has her own likes and dislikes, Ladyfish (Elizabeth MacRae) purrs out her words, offers herself to him on their first meeting, and seems to have no desires of her own except to be with him -- something worth pointing out to girls watching with you.
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