[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!
Seeing we don’t get out much, living in the sticks and all, we have a two couples join us for movie night. One couple, in their seventies, on Monday, and the other on Thursdays. We tend to program lighter fare and classics on Mondays, and more challenging foreign stuff and past TIFF films on Thursdays. Almost without fail, Lise does the picking.
This past Monday, Lise ended up being busy on a project, so I hosted our neighbours and made the pick. I swear I remember Mermaids being a pretty tame, lighthearted comedy. Maybe I was thinking of The Witches of Eastwick. I don’t think the Tramp Talk and lascivious escapades scarred them. At least I hope not. At the…
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…
thank you mothers cher and winona
Like a peek into the diary of every teenage girl, Winona Ryder’s gleefully melodramatic voiceover serves as our conduit into her unique brand of early-’60s proto-Goth swirled with a black humor that could only exist in a post-Heathers cinematic world. The inner monologue of brooding Jewish girl Charlotte, ironically hell-bent on a monastic existence, invites us into the quirky homestead of her sexually-confident mother Mrs. Flax (played by who else but the impossibly-ravishing Cher), her Esther Williams-esque, aquatically obsessed sister Kate (a 9 year-old Christina Ricci), and the father figure they all find in Bob Hoskins’ benevolent shoe salesman-cum-amateur portrait artist Lou. Seasons change, national tragedies strike, and Charlotte steals the family car—but life ultimately moves on in this delightful…
I'd like to thank Cher for my LIFE
Okay but imagine if they were witches? 💕
I love that as a kid I always thought Joe looked like an older Jake Ryan only to find out in 2016 that that was Jake Ryan all along.
Bob Hoskins is a dream. I love that casting paired him up with a towering Cher and he holds his own throughout. Little Ricci is adorable. There are these great quirky choices like her walking around growling with a pumpkin on her head.
While many nostalgia and period pieces about the 1960s were released in the 1990s, few were aimed so steadfastly at the younger generation as Mermaids. Based on the young adult novel by Patty Dann, the story revolves around the Flax family – mother Rachel (Cher) and daughters Charlotte (Winona Ryder), and Kate (Christina Ricci) – over the latter half of 1963 and the first half of 1964. We’re first introduced to the Flaxes as they’re packing up to leave their home in Oklahoma, and as the action moves out on to the road, Charlotte, who narrates the film, paints a picture of a family on the move, and a mother who can never bring herself to stay in one place…
Thought it was great until the climax did it in and betrayed me and the film !! :(
cher is my mom
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
OKAY! Let me start off by saying the title totally misled me-at the time I was for real looking for mermaid movies-however-in no way, shape or form will I say I was disappointed! This movie is gold! I was so impressed with the acting and the storytelling, not to mention the movie is just so relatable. Sure, her older guy wasn't her guy towards the end but I loved it just the same.
no order. this is a weird list
Movies about/starring women and girls of all ages. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but…