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Mermaids (1990)

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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This is our mother. Pray for us. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi madre es una sirena  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,514,678 (USA) (16 December 1990)

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$35,419,397 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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According to 'The New York Times, "the performance inside the costume was engineered entirely by Cher". See more »

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Charlotte's blue eye shadow disappears and reappears as she goes to/returns from the hospital. See more »

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Rachel Flax: Who's that?
Charlotte Flax: That's Mr. Crane, my history teacher, and he is very nice.
Rachel Flax: *He* is an asshole.
Charlotte Flax: You haven't even spoken to him yet!
Rachel Flax: Charlotte, I don't need to speak to him. He's driving an Edsel, for Christ's sake.
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It's My Party
Written by Wally Gold, John Gluck, Herbert Weiner (as Herb Weiner) and Seymour Gottlieb (uncredited)
Performed by Lesley Gore
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, PolyGram, Inc.
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Delightful coming-of-age film
1 October 1998 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I think this is a delightful movie. The period details are fun, Cher is GREAT, and the chemistry between Hoskins, Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci is excellent. Ryder is especially good at capturing that mixure of idealism, angst and embarrassment which is adolescence.


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