For all you Tom Hanks lovers out there, you will be sure to remember the 1984 classic Splash. Splash launched the career of Ron Howard, Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah in the 80s. Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell are starring in the new version of the feature but not in the obvious roles.
Disney wants to change it up a bit and instead of Jillian Bell slipping on Daryl Hannah’s fins, Channing Tatum will try them on for size.
Splash is about a young boy (Tom Hanks) who was saved from a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) and instantly falls in love with her. 20 years later, she returns to find him to choose between a life on land or life under the sea with her.
The remake, written by Marja Lewis-Ryan, sticks with the same plot. A mermaid saves a young child from drowning and they fall in love. The big difference, that we know of, is that Channing Tatum will play the mermaid…merman?
A lot of people are comparing this gender swap to the 2016 version of Ghostbusters but in reality, it most likely isn’t going to be the same. 2016 Ghostbusters passed the Bechdel Test, Mako Mori Test, Sexy Lamp Test, and Furiosa Test.
These tests analyze the treatment of women in movies. The Bechdel Test is where at least two women talk to each other about something other than men. 10 out of 14 Pixar movies fail the Bechdel test. Many well known movies and classics fail this test too. It is more common for women to talk about men and if someone had to study our culture through film, they would think that men is the only thing women know how to talk about.
Mako Mori test is when at least one female character gets her own narrative arc and it isn’t about a man or his story. This test was inspired by the Bechdel Test but based off of Mako Mori from Pacific Rim. This test came into creation by many people questioning whether a movie can be deemed feminist if it passed the Bechdel test.
The Sexy Lamp Test is a simple one. Can any of the female characters be replaced with a sexy lamp and the plot stay in tact?
The Furiosa Test is another simple one but my favorite. Does the movie piss of manbabies on the internet? Did the movie cause men all over the world throw up their arms in anger?
2016 Ghostbusters is more than just a gender swap. It is part of a feminist movement. It is very unlikely that Channing Tatum in a fin will mean as much as a female Ghostbuster.