(2021) (voices of Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Computer-Animated Dramedy: A sea creature runs away from home and takes on the appearance of a human like his new friend as they try to win a triathlon to make enough money to buy a Vespa.
Off the coastal Italian town of Portorosso, Luca Paguro (voice of JACOB TREMBLAY) is a sea creature who lives underwater with his parents, Daniela (voice of MAYA RUDOLPH) and Lorenzo (voice of JIM GAFFIGAN), and his Grandma (voice of SANDY MARTIN). Luca's job is herding fish, but he's curious about the world above the water's surface, something his overprotective mother forbids him to think or talk about, let alone visit. But one day he runs into fellow sea creature Alberto Scorfano (voice of JACK DYLAN GRAZER) who takes him up top where both instantly transform into human appearances.
Alberto's been collecting human objects and his dream of one day owning a Vespa quickly draws Luca in as well. When Daniela learns what their son has been doing, she and Lorenzo arrange to have the boy live with his uncle in the depths of the sea. Unhappy about that, Luca runs away from home and sets off with Alberto for Portorosso where they try to blend in with the humans. That ends up including tomboy Giulia Marcovaldo (voice of EMMA BERMAN) who lives there in the summer with her fisherman father, Massimo (voice of MARCO BARRICELLI).
She's determined this year to win the town's annual triathlon -- that consists of swimming, biking, and eating pasta -- and finally defeat the reigning and highly egotistical Ercole Visconti (voice of SAVERIO RAIMONDO) and his two stooges, Ciccio (voice of PETER SOHN) and Guido (voice of LORENZO CRISCI). When Luca and Alberto learn that the winner will receive prize money that could be used to buy an old Vespa, they convince Giulia to let them join her team.
But with them having to remain dry to hide their true identities from her and everyone else in the town that's fearful of and wants to kill any sea monsters, the two boys do what they can to continue the ruse, all while Luca's parents must do the same while trying to find him.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they like Pixar movies, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For rude humor, language, some thematic elements, and brief violence.
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