If you are a cinephile and you haven’t watch Mermaids (1990), you are majorly missing out! It’s one of those movies.
Remember when your mothers were so concerned about you she would always be on the edge and running after you trying to control your capering hormones.. it’s the other way round in this movie.
It’s a family comedy, set in 1960s. Cher is anything-but-normal mom and Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci play her daughters.
The whole movie is just their life, Cher being this impulsive, fun, carefree mom and Winona Ryder being a traditional, religious, anxiety-ridden teenager and obviously she get worried about her mom’s flamboyance.
Cher is iconic!
Anyone would have melted away in front of Cher’s strong screen presence but Winona Ryder held her fort firmly throughout.
Christina Ricci was the cherry on the icing and oh Bob Hoskins is a very strong ingredient here, he gels the story together pretty well.
It’s such a light fun movie, almost a mini therapy session I might watch it again tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed unique dynamics of mother-daughter relation explored in this movie.
It would be a loss if I didn’t watch it.
You can’t help falling in love with this movie. I wanted to watch something happy and it worked. What a great movie.
Few favourite line:
Mrs. Flax: Charlotte, I know you’re planning a celibate life, but with half my chromosomes, I think that might be tough.”
Charlotte Flax: A word about Mrs. Flax and food: the word is “hors d’oeurves.” Fun Finger Foods is her main source book and it’s all the woman cooks.
Rachel Flax: Alright, you know what? I’ll make you a deal. You stop being a little bitch for, let’s say, oh, I don’t know, an hour or two, and I won’t knock the religion of your choice for a week.
Rachel Flax:Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do! On second thought… don’t do anything I would do.
Kate Flax : When I die, I want to be sprinkled in the ocean. I don’t care if a whale eats me. I could live inside a whale like Jonah with an angel guard.
Mrs. Flax : Girls…
Charlotte Flax : Yeah, well, what if you get a whale that doesn’t have a living room inside him and you end up in someone’s tuna fish sandwich?
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