Parents' Guide to

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Classic, silly Don Knotts fish-in-water fantasy.

Movie G 1964 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Paints a picture of marriage I would just rather steer clear of

There is a bizarre slant to this movie; what with Don Knotts leaving his loveless marriage to become a fish - and fall in love with a ladyfish. Plus you have the friend going out dancing with his now-widow. It doesn't seem to have it's heart in the right place. Plus it's all set against the backdrop of the War. And of Limpet longing to be both a fish and war hero. I think it was interesting for its time, but that time has passed.
age 18+


Nice film and I don't agree with the reviewer here that there is something wrong with Ladyfish simpering. I like girls who do that.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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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