[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Mom is many things... normal isn't one of them.
Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Flax is tired of her wacky mom moving their family to a different town any time she feels it is necessary. When they move to a small Massachusetts town and Mrs. Flax begins dating a shopkeeper, Charlotte and her 9-year-old sister, Kate, hope that they can finally settle down. But when Charlotte's attraction to an older man gets in the way, the family must learn to accept each other for who they truly are.
I will spare you for once the feminist analysis. It's got some beautiful touches to it here, and the bonds between the family are true and genuine and all good things. (Cher is a wonderful actress that deserves more love for it, too.) It has a commentary on religion, sex, parenthood, and family that is well worth delving into. You should watch this movie with those things in mind and learn something. But I am not going to tax myself explicating the themes.
What I want to talk about instead is that this is a funny, funny movie.
One of the things I find funniest is a certain strain of absurdism where the perspective of others is the trigger for…
Oh I am definitely going to hell, here he is talking about his poor dead mother and all I can think about is his hands unbuttoning my dress.
When I was growing up, our local video shop (Video Nest) was where I spent most of my Friday nights, choosing films to watch. They had tellys in the corners and all that was ever playing was Mermaids. I don't know if they just really liked Mermaids, or they just couldn't be bothered to put anything else in, but I've always felt like I know this film without ever properly watching it.
Cher is incredible in this film, her outfits are killer, she's never looked better and I love her dysfunctional, snarky mum. Infact, it reminds me a lot of my own mam I guess.
The whole film is a sheer delight, and a killer soundtrack. Criminally underrated!
First Moonstruck, now this. Cher is batting 1000 as lead actress for me so far. I think Silkwood is next for me and I think that might end up being pretty good too!
Without being sure what Mermaids is even going for most of the time, as a comedy, satire, religious parody or bourgeois dramedy, but the tone of it just really worked for me. Even on the surface level, it has a lot going for it: great performances (Christina Ricci, in particular, is fantastic and it's nice to see Bob Hoskins play a genuinely sweet guy for a change), great Girl Pop soundtrack, fun costumes, etc.
Even beyond that, though, it's all so strangely sweet and content to just…
For some reason, I connect more with coming-of-age stories about girls than those about boys. Maybe that's because the ones about boys always seem to feature adventures in woods, getting beat up by bullies, and triumphant kisses from girls at the end. None of which happened to me growing up.
And on the big screen, I don't know if there is an actor who portrayed the various indignities of being a teenager better than Winona Ryder from the late 80's to the early 90's. Although Charlotte Flax thinks about sex often, Ryder's performance is awkward, not sexy. Which is exactly how I remember high school being. At that age, sex is a topic of curiosity, self-consciousness, and embarassment leading to…
I did not like the third act of this film.
"If you wanna know if he love you so its in his kiss!!!"
I want that costume
A bright, interesting comedy about an unusual mother-daughter relationship. They don't make films like this anymore. I really enjoyed it, a nice slice of life. Ryder is fucking brilliant in it.
I did not like the third act of this film.
I hated it for bits and then I loved it for bits and now I like it a bit.
Also: C H E R
I saw this by mistake, I got it mixed up with A Fish Called Wanda and once I realized my mistake I decided to finish it anyway. It was okay, good early performance by Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins was pretty good too though I didn't really like the character. Not really something I would have expected to like going in, and that's pretty much how I came out.
Why the heck did I think this is going to be a funny fish-out-of-water film with Cher playing a mermaid?
This film is such a gem. So much heart, and it feels so real. The family obviously loves each other, but there is also A LOT of things they realized they needed to work out. They wanted to be mermaids, but they really needed to be in reality, which I think is a great message to send to families who think their disfunctions are a bad thing. Not anyone's best acting or film by any means, but it's still a fun watch.
Cher, the costuming, the directing, and the soundtrack are what make this movie worthwhile. Two stars off because 26-year-old men hooking up with underage girls isn't my thing.
Cher is SUCH a BABE
Viva Cher. Viva Winona.
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