[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
An unconventional mother moves her daughters in a new town, where their relationships get tested. What might be a simple storytelling plot can be enhanced by delightful performances varying from one key person to the next. That is the case of Mermaids, billed by Cher, alongside an amazing Winona Ryder and a younger Christina Ricci. Hollywood seriously needs to revive Winona Ryder's career, we need her in more movies.
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So many embarrassingly relatable moments from my teens 😂😂
August Scavenger Hunt | Film #14
Task #22. A movie about or featuring a single mom
Winona Ryder!!! Christina Ricci!! Cher!
How could I not fall in love with this movie?
I think I even developed a crush on Bob Hoskins.
I absolutely love this movie, might be a tad too long but it's entertaining and relatable.
August 2016 Scavenger Hunt #29: A film matching at least 2 of the criteria from tasks 1-28
This matches #7 (A singer is acting in this film, which is not a musical) and #22 (A movie about or featuring a single mom)
Wow what a nice and pure feel-good movie!!! Cher was so so good in this and, as always, I love Winona Ryder. She is truly a Flawless Angel. Every time I watch anything with her in it I sit and wonder why I haven't watched her entire filmography already.
The ending of this is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. I want to live in that scene.
thank you mothers cher and winona
I used to watch this movie over and over when I was in high school. I watched it again recently, and it brings me just as much joy as it ever did. Cher going through mom and man and life issues, Winona Ryder going through teen things in a very weird but somehow very relatable way, and Christina Ricci in her debut role being an adorable goldfish girl. Soundtrack is also on point! Love this movie :)
"Please God don't let me fall in love and want to do disgusting things... Dear God, I love the way he throws." 😜
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