"Charlotte, I know you're planning a celibate life, but with half my chromosomes, I think that might be tough."Mermaids is a 1990 dramedy directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder (who was nominated for a Golden Globe), and Christina Ricci in her first film role.Rachel Flax (Cher) is what used to be called a "loose woman". She's also the mother of Charlotte (Winona Ryder) and Kate (Christina Ricci), who are forced to move from town to town to escape their mother's failed relationships. Defiantly sexy and nonmaternal, Mrs. Flax is a constant source of embarassment to the older Charlotte, who turns to prudish dress & behavior in reaction to her mother's reputation. Charlotte fantasizes about being a nun, and is thrilled when their move to Massachusetts puts them a stone's throw away from an actual convent. Yet proving to be even more thrilling is the handsome handyman Joe (Michael Schoeffling) that works for the nuns. Charlotte is terrified that her attraction to him means she'll turn out just like her mother.Meanwhile, her mother is having some problems of her own. The town's genial shoe salesman, Lou Landsky (Bob Hoskins), seems good for a few laughs. Unfortunately, he digs his heels in and wants a real relationship with Rachel, and doesn't go away no matter how badly she behaves.
This film provides examples of:
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone has their moments.
- Disappeared Dad: Both Charlotte's and Kate's.
- Glamorous Single Mother: Mrs. Flax. Somewhat justified in that Charlotte's 15 and Kate's somewhere between 7 and 10.
- Hollywood Nuns
- Informed Judaism: The Flaxs are jewish
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Charlotte.
- Miss Conception: Charlotte thinks she got pregnant from kissing.
- Olympic Swimmer: Kate aspires to be one, just like her father.
- Really Gets Around: Mrs. Flax.
- Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: Charlotte.
- The Sixties