[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…
"If you wanna know if he love you so its in his kiss!!!"
I want that costume
I did not like the third act of this film.
I have some pretty serious sh*t lined up on my queue this weekend. I have to watch some fluff before hand or I'm gonna get hella depressed. (Probably)
This film has such an airy, summertime feel to it. I love the way this movie did 60s; it was a very of the era aesthetic, but certain fashion choices were also very timeless. This aspect makes the story a nice coming of age story for a young teenage girl with a woman-child for a mother. It's not a provocative coming of age story, but it's not insensitive to the adolescent experience.
This might be my favorite Cher role. In this movie she gets to play an exotic, dark-haired woman who also…
Thanks for Cher-ing.
A charming and genuine coming-of-age tale delivered with enough laconicism for its absurdities to come across as endearing rather than off-putting. Charlotte's gentle naivety induces nostalgia for a similar time in our own lives and her comical eccentricities imbue humour in a narrative that otherwise threatens to indulge in overly-saccharine sentimentality.
That being said, the fact that the exploitative nature of her relationship with Joe is never addressed is a more than a little irksome.
Not a very objective rating. This was my favorite movie for years and years, starting the year it came out, when I was (arguably) way too young to see it. Hugely formative.
So much of Mermaids is so, so wonderful, especially in regards to the way its women are portrayed (and, of course, this is likely due to the fact that it was written by one). The emphasis on female camaraderie, the look into the role of the father in a family, and the overwhelming adherence to sweetness over cruelty are all so lovely that the intelligent but deeply flawed statement about female sexuality can be overlooked. More specifically, this is yet another film where a teenage girl goes through a sexual awakening through the guidance of an adult man, and though she casts him off after she's used him for what she wants, there are no repercussions for his actions, nor…
I used to watch this film so so much. Although it remains one of my favourites down to its charm, music, one liners and amazing cast, I feel like (inevitably) my relationship to it has changed !! The script is god awful and I no longer idolise Charlotte Flax but kind of pity her naivety. I could never hate this film.
"Please god, don't let me fall in love and wanna do disgusting things…"
"When you expect the worst from people they usually deliver."
"…he has the most beautiful skin in captivity…"
(sorry I'm just gonna keep adding quotes to this review as I watch lol…)
I need to write about what this movie means to me one day, how I always loved it because of Christina Ricci my teenage crush but how it sharply grew on me to something more in the past 5 years, but I keep watching at times when I'm severely emotionally compromised because that's kind of part of what the movie means to me… so, birthdays and new year's seems to be the time for it.…
The rating of only 5 starts just isn't enough for this movie.
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