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''The Little Mermaid'' is a 2018 fantasy romance film loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid original fairy tale]]. Chances are, you've probably heard of it because when its trailer went online, it amassed thousands of views from people thinking it was Disney's live-action remake. It's not.

A grandmother (Shirley [=MacLaine=]) is telling her two granddaughters the story of the Little Mermaid that she remembers. It takes place in the 1930s, concerning a young girl called Elle who has just lost her parents and is in the care of her journalist uncle Cam (William Moseley). Elle is also sick and upon hearing talks of a 'Mermaid Miracle Juice' in Mississippi, Cam takes her there in search of a story and a cure.

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''The Little Mermaid'' is a 2018 fantasy romance film loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid original fairy tale]]. Chances are, you've probably heard of it because when its trailer went online, it amassed thousands of views from people thinking it was Disney's Creator/{{Disney}}'s [[Film/DisneyLiveActionRemakes live-action remake.remake]]. It's not.

A grandmother (Shirley [=MacLaine=]) is telling her two granddaughters the story of the Little Mermaid Mermaid, Elizabeth (Creator/PoppyDrayton) that she remembers. It takes place in the 1930s, concerning a young girl called Elle (Creator/LoretoPeralta) who has just lost her parents and is in the care of her journalist uncle Cam (William Moseley).(Creator/WilliamMoseley). Elle is also sick and upon hearing talks of a 'Mermaid Miracle Juice' in Mississippi, Cam takes her there in search of a story and a cure.



* BigBad: Locke, the wizard that granted Elizabeth her legs in exchange for her soul and enslaved her ever since.



* LastKiss: [[spoiler: Elizabeth and Cam share a kiss before she goes back to the ocean]].



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Thora the fortune teller suddenly reveals she has the power to stop time and temporarily give Elizabeth legs when her power had previously just appeared to be telling the future.

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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Thora the fortune teller suddenly reveals she has the power to [[TimeStandsStill stop time time]] and temporarily give Elizabeth legs when her power had previously just appeared to be telling the future.



* SceneryCensor: Once Thora turns Elizabeth [[HumanityEnsues into a human]], she's nude but she is hidden from view by deliberate choreography and a brief ToplessnessFromTheBack shot before she's given a coat to wear.
* SeashellBra: PlayedWith, Elizabeth manifests a fish-scale bikini top in her mermaid form.



* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Locke is perfectly willing to use Elle for...something]].
* {{Yandere}}: Locke wants to control Elizabeth and doesn't take it well when she falls for another.

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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Locke is perfectly willing to use Elle for... something]].
* {{Yandere}}: Locke wants to control Elizabeth and doesn't take it well when she falls for another.another.

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''The Little Mermaid'' is a 2018 fantasy romance film loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid original fairy tale]]. Chances are, you've probably heard of it because when its trailer went online, it amassed thousands of views from people thinking it was Disney's live-action remake. [[spoiler: It's not]].

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''The Little Mermaid'' is a 2018 fantasy romance film loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid original fairy tale]]. Chances are, you've probably heard of it because when its trailer went online, it amassed thousands of views from people thinking it was Disney's live-action remake. [[spoiler: It's not]].
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* AdaptationDeviation: The mermaid traded her voice for legs in the book. Here she traded her soul.
* AdaptationalVillainy: As in the Disney version, the person who granted the mermaid legs becomes an antagonist.



* AnimatedOpening: The opening credits depict an animated retelling of the traditional ''Little Mermaid'' story.

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* AnimatedOpening: AnimatedCreditsOpening: The opening credits depict an animated retelling of the traditional ''Little Mermaid'' story.story.
* CardboardPrison: Elizabeth is able to walk out of the circus rather easily without Locke knowing.



* CircusOfFear: The circus houses genuine supernatural beings held prisoner.



* ThePollyanna: Cam lampshades this about Elle in a letter, saying she's taking her parents' death incredibly well.



* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Locke is perfectly willing to use Elle for...something]].

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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Locke is perfectly willing to use Elle for...something]].something]].
* {{Yandere}}: Locke wants to control Elizabeth and doesn't take it well when she falls for another.

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''The Little Mermaid'' is a 2018 fantasy romance film loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid original fairy tale]]. Chances are, you've probably heard of it because when its trailer went online, it amassed thousands of views from people thinking it was Disney's live-action remake. [[spoiler: It's not]].

A grandmother (Shirley [=MacLaine=]) is telling her two granddaughters the story of the Little Mermaid that she remembers. It takes place in the 1930s, concerning a young girl called Elle who has just lost her parents and is in the care of her journalist uncle Cam (William Moseley). Elle is also sick and upon hearing talks of a 'Mermaid Miracle Juice' in Mississippi, Cam takes her there in search of a story and a cure.

!!Tropes:

* AdultFear: [[spoiler: Elle is kidnapped from her room while Cam is out trying to help Elizabeth]].
* AerithAndBob: A magician called Locke, a fortune teller called Thora and a mermaid called...Elizabeth.
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: [[spoiler: Elle is of course the old woman telling the story]].
* AnimatedOpening: The opening credits depict an animated retelling of the traditional ''Little Mermaid'' story.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The organ with a curious combination turns out to be where Locke is hiding Elizabeth's soul.
** Elizabeth tells of a fairy tale about a human girl who possesses "the heart of a mermaid". Presumably [[spoiler: this is why Elle is revealed to have become one by the end]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: The end implies that Cam and Elizabeth can't end up together]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Locke meets his end being pushed off a cliff by Cam]].
* GenderFlip: The sea witch of the original tale is replaced with a human sorcerer.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Elle is ThePollyanna due to her belief in fairies, mermaids etc.
* IWantSong: Elizabeth sings a song called "When This Story Ends", while Cam is sneaking around the tents.
* IllGirl: Elle has some kind of sickness that causes her to get tired if she exerts herself too much, and makes her [[IncurableCoughOfDeath cough a lot]].
* ImprobableAge: Cam looks a little young to be an established journalist. [[OlderThanTheyLook William Moseley was thirty when the film was made]].
* InformedAbility: Locke is meant to be a powerful sorcerer that no one dares stand up to. Any time he's confronted in a magic battle, he's defeated easily.
* LikeGoesWithLike: Elizabeth is a white mermaid held captive by a Hispanic magician. Of course her true love is a white man.
* MagicRealism: A mermaid, sorcerer and psychic in 1930s Mississippi. The movie however veers more into outright fantasy in the last act - featuring magic battles.
* MotorMouth: Peggy Gene, a woman who claims the elixir cured her of madness.
* {{Nephewism}}: Cam taking care of his niece kicks off the plot.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Thora the fortune teller suddenly reveals she has the power to stop time and temporarily give Elizabeth legs when her power had previously just appeared to be telling the future.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Elizabeth gets legs at low tide, but she had to make a deal with a sorcerer to get that. It seems as though returning her soul would take away her ability to walk on land permanently. The water she swims in also appears to grant healing powers. [[spoiler: She also appears to be able to grant Elle the power to become a mermaid]].
* SexySoakedShirt: Cam spends a scene of exposition in an underwater cave with Elizabeth while his shirt is like this.
* SignificantWardrobeShift: Cam is fully suited up at first, but wears an IntimateOpenShirt when he takes Elle to the circus and sees Elizabeth for the first time. He wears his shirt this way whenever he sees Elizabeth from then on.
* UnexplainedAccent: It's not said why Elle has a British uncle. We can assume Cam's brother married an American girl.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not said what happened to the mermaid's original lover.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Locke is perfectly willing to use Elle for...something]].

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