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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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The era that the film is set is the early 1960s, specifically the year of 1963, as the assassination of John F. Kennedy is a story element broadcast on a black-and-white television set. See more »

Goofs

Although the latter portion of film takes place in January, we never see any evidence of snow, even though the film is set in Massachusetts. Also, the characters don't always seem to dress appropriately for winter in Massachusetts, dressing more as if it were autumn. See more »

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Dr. Reynolds: [Charlotte thinks she is pregnant because she kissed Joe] Has your mother ever talked to you about sex?
Charlotte Flax: Uh... oh yeah! All the time. We talk about everything. She's a wonderful mother.
Dr. Reynolds: So you do know how babies are made?
Charlotte Flax: Oh, yeah.
Dr. Reynolds: Then why did you think you were pregnant? You're still a virgin.
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If You Wanna Be Happy
Written by Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida), Carmela Guida & Joseph Royster
Performed by Jimmy Soul
Courtesy of Frank Guida Productions/Legrande-SPQR Records
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Funny older and still can touch your heart.
7 July 2005 | by (Austin, TX United States) – See all my reviews

I have to say that this movie is incredibly underrated. The movie is from the daughter's point of view and Ryder does an excellent job playing the purtian to Cher's mother role. I can't believe Christina Richie's first role- even back then she was incredible. She has a way of stealing the movie. This movie has a sad vibe. Here's the point of the movie, once you see it , you can remember the feelings and 10 years later I'm able to remember how wonderful it is. The music to the movie is awesome. I, along with several of my friends have this soundtrack which makes me think this was one of the first true soundtrack purchases from the 90's


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