Cinema: Of Hotels, Hoods and a Mermaid

Four new films, but only a finny romance is a hit


It is axiomatic: if a man falls in love with a mythical creature in a movie, the result is bound to be a gagging spoonful of whimsy. All credit, then, to Splash for having a mermaid capable of turning her fins into shapely gams flop up on Manhattan's in salubrious shores, where a quick education in paranoia, cynicism and the perils of materialism has ever been available to out-of-towners. For from that unpromising situation emerges a romantic comedy that is as salty and...

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