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The Thirteenth Year

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Wholesome Disney TV tween comedy is far-fetched but fun.

Movie NR 1999 88 minutes
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Although this coming-of-age comedy fails to make a big splash, it does provide some amusing pre-teen entertainment and an insight into the politics of school friendships. As with most Disney Channel Original Movies of the late 1990s, The Thirteenth Year's young actors turn in solid performances, ably supported by the enthusiastic adult cast.

There are some peculiar plot points -- not least that a mermaid would think it wise to leave her newborn baby on a boat with a couple of humans. But the essence of the story -- a coming-of-age tale in which teenagers navigate school, parents, and relationships -- is well told. With a little bit of jeopardy, some social observation, and a few laughs, this is a perfectly acceptable family comedy in the made-for-TV mold.

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