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Mermaids (1990)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Flax
... Lou Landsky
... Charlotte Flax
... Joe
... Kate Flax
... Carrie
Jan Miner ... Mother Superior
Betsy Townsend ... Mary O'Brien
Richard McElvain ... Mr. Crain
... Mrs. Crain
Dossy Peabody ... Coach Parker
William Paul Steele ... Boss in Oklahoma
Rex Trailer ... Dr. Reynolds
Pete Kovner ... Perfect Family Father
Patricia Madden ... Perfect Family Mother
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,514,678, 16 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,419,397
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1.85 : 1
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In the scene where Charlotte and her mother fight about Kate's accident, Charlotte gets angry and breaks a plate. The scene ends with her mother slapping her in the face after a rude comment. The exact same things happened in Cher's film Mask (1985). See more »

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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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Charlotte Flax: So Joe, tell me about the nuns in the convent. Do they wear underwear in the shower?
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Referenced in Clatterford: Christmas Panto (2006) See more »

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Just One Look
Written by Gregory Carroll & Doris Troy (as Doris Payne)
Performed by Doris Troy
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"The 400 Blows", as seen through a girl's eyes
7 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

(Small-town Massachusetts fills in for Paris.)

Every shot, every nuance in this film is just right. That's mostly Richard Benjamin's doing, but the great cast got inspired -- maybe by the glowing fall colours, maybe by the nostalgic fashions of 1963 -- to really outdo themselves.

Richard Benjamin's direction deserves extra credit because he was not filming his own autobiography, the way François Truffaut was in 1959. Similarities in the two storylines encompass more than just the awkwardness of adolescence. (Charlotte watches the Singing Nun on television, while Antoine lights a candle before a holy image of Balzac.)

Cher is as good as she was earlier in "Moonstruck", while Winona exceeds her performance in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael". And they both prove they can be pretty in pink.

Bob Hoskins and Cher have a genuine chemistry. Who ever would have predicted that they would make the ideal romantic couple?

If there's a better, truer, or funnier story of a girl's coming of age, I haven't been lucky enough to see it.


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