Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken
Director: Kirk DeMicco & Faryn Pearl
Cast: Toni Collette, Jane Fonda, Ramona Young
Ruby Gillman (Lana Condor) is a sweet and awkward high school sophomore who is desperate to fit in at Oceanside High, but she mostly just feels invisible. She is tutoring maths to her skater-boy crush, who only seems to admire her for her fractals, and she’s prevented from hanging out with the cool kids at the beach because her over-protective mum (Toni Colette) has forbidden Ruby from ever getting in the water.
But when she breaks her mum’s #1 rule, Ruby discovers that she is a direct descendant of the warrior Kraken queens and is destined to inherit the throne from her commanding grandmother, the Warrior Queen of the Seven Seas. The Kraken are sworn to protect the oceans of the world against the vain, power-hungry mermaids who have been battling with the Kraken for eons.
There’s just one major, and immediate, problem with that: The school’s beautiful, popular new girl, Chelsea just happens to be a mermaid. Ruby will ultimately need to embrace who she is and go big to protect those she loves most.
2023 / USA / 91 mins
BBFC Advice: Contains mild threat, violence, implied bad language