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Film / Zeus and Roxanne

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"If a dog and a dolphin can get along, why can't our mom and his dad?"

A 1997 family movie about the Interspecies Romance between a dog named Zeus and a dolphin named Roxanne. Zeus belongs to Terry (Steve Guttenberg) and his son Jordan, who are on an extended vacation on... some Caribbean-esque island. Roxanne is the research subject of a Marine biologist named Mary Beth (Kathleen Quinlan), who is the mother of two daughters, Judith and Nora, and just happens to be the next door neighbor of Zeus's family. Hilarity Ensues as the Terry and Mary Beth become romantically involved and Zeus and Roxanne pursue their own love.

Meanwhile a rival scientist named Carver (Arnold Vosloo) has his sights on Mary Beth's grant and devises various schemes to cash in on the relationship that the interspecies lovers hold, which culminates in his kidnapping Zeus, Mary Beth becoming trapped in a mini-sub, and the rescue of all parties.


This film contains examples of:

  • Didn't Think This Through: When Mary Beth's underwater vehicle gets caught in a tuna net, she tries to escape through the hatch, which predictably just fills her cabin with water. Oh, and she didn't bring any scuba gear or an oxygen tank with her in case of an accident... and neither does Terry when he tries to rescue her.
  • Interspecies Romance: While not explicit, it is hinted that Zeus and Roxanne are, indeed, in love.
  • Name and Name
  • Obviously Evil: Dr. Carver is Mary Beth's rival in studying the local marine wildlife. He's played by Arnold Vosloo (the bad guy of the first two films of The Mummy Trilogy), is British, and is scheming to take her research out from under her.
  • Threatening Shark: A shark tries to eat Zeus at one point when he falls in the water. Roxanne stops it.