[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.
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!
"If you wanna know if he love you so its in his kiss!!!"
I want that costume
Mermaids is a surprisingly delightful story about a dysfunctional family and their bonds. I've never liked Cher's acting but I quite enjoy her character as an 'unconventional single mother', especially alongside Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci (who is adorable in this!) as her daughters. The three make a brilliant little family and their story is interesting to follow. It certainly packs a bit of an emotional punch as I expected it to take quite a few darker twists, but thankfully it all comes together quite sweetly in the end.
Impeccably directed, bittersweet coming of age film with a great atmosphere, well-drawn characters and a pair of stunning performances from Cher and Winona Ryder. There's an element of kitsch (possibly just the early 60s setting and fashions) and an undeniable camp aspect (Winona character's desperate voiceover as she bites down her emotions while talking to the local handyman, in particular) - all of which is enjoyable - but there's heart and substance too. It's still got a lot of charm.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Was actually looking for the Daryl Hanna Mermaid film, but ran into this one plus Bob Hoskins died so why not.
A slice of life in 1963 New England, with Cher playing the flamboyant single mother of two who is struggling to let herself fall for a kind caring new love interest and father figure for her girls. Winona Ryder is the main focus of the film as her character tries to figure out how her blooming sexual feelings will impact her life. Christina Ricci plays the youngest daughter, and her charm makes this film feel a lot more real than it would without her. Bob Hoskins plays the new love interest towards Cher's character, and adds a world of heart to the script.
All that being said, the film works as a luke-warm offering of drama that never reaches the heights it set out to hit. The most emotional scene may be the Kennedy assassination news breaking through the town, and Ryder's reaction feels like the most honest and true emotions in the script.
An old favourite that still holds up. Christina Ricci and I are the same age...I didn't think I was that young watching this!
Took me by surprise!!
Hadn't watched this in 20 years. The bell tower scene that recreates that scene from "Vertigo" blew my mind. Stellar acting saves the occasionally predictable script.
OMG, Cher looks so fab and acts kick-ass well! I love her character, too, so fierce. It's also nice to see Christina Ricci in her first film role, she is so cute: "Rachel Flaaaaax!". Ahahah!
The story is very pretty but it's annoying that we get to hear so many of Charlotte's thoughts out loud. I don't think it's necessary for the film transformation.
Another fantastic movie with Wanona and surprisingly great performance by Cher. This movie is really cute and so fucking sad, I cried for hours. I didn't even know what to do with myself. I recommend this to everyone who has eyes and people who can hear.
Soft-edged, superficial drama-comedy is reasonably entertaining and has some funny moments. Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci are very good. Cher is somewhat one-note, though, and Michael Schoeffling is utterly dull.
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