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.

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After yet another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax (Cher) ups her family to the east coast to start all over again. Reluctantly dragged along with her is her daughter Charlotte - going through a very confusing time of her life - who wants to become a nun, and instead falls in love with a quiet, mild-mannered church employee, to the mixed response of her mother. Set at around the time of the Kennedy Assassination. Written by Paul Skerry <pauls@miles33.co.uk>

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Mom Is Many Things. . .Normal Isn't One of Them. See more »

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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Mi madre es una sirena  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,419,397 (USA)
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Emily Lloyd had actually started shooting when Winona Ryder became available and Lloyd was unceremoniously dumped. Lloyd later won a sizable cash settlement from the production company for being booted off the film. Original director Frank Oz was also replaced, allegedly at Cher's insistence. See more »

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When Charlotte, faints in the hallway you hear her hit the floor but her feet are still moving backwards. See more »

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Charlotte Flax: Oh god. I think I might be pregnant with the next Jewish Italian Messiah
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Referenced in Alien: Resurrection (1997) See more »

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Oklahoma
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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**** Endlessly charming
17 February 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film as a preteen and have loved it ever since. Endlessly entertaining performances are the best thing about this underrated and understated coming-of-age comedy that features Cher doing what she does best--convincing you she rules the world, and she really does. As Rachel Flax, a headstrong and independent mother of two (Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci), she thinks nothing of jumping into her car at the slightest sign of trouble and moving to another town ("Life is change", she says). Ryder is excellent as the fifteen year-old Charlotte, a girl who thinks that the best way to fight her burgeoning hormones is to devote her life to the Catholic church as a nun, despite the fact that she's Jewish. Of course, the boy next door (the sadly now retired Michael Schoeffling) gets in the way of her holy ambitions. Bob Hoskins is also a riot as the awshucks shoe salesman who falls over himself for Rachel, first out of fascination, and then out of love. Great music, great period feel and very light, warmhearted direction by Richard Benjamin.


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