Mermaids (1990) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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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.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Cher, Bob Hoskins
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 12 out of 69 found boring (17.39%)

One-line Reviews (32)

It is basically a coming of age story in terms of Winona's character, and even for Cher and Hoskins characters to some degree too.

Unusual and very enjoyable .

Bob Hoskins is very strong and enjoyable as usual.

" The story, despite this, is a clearly directed and wholly engaging thought-provoker, and well worth your time in watching it.

What does the future hold for these three intriguing females?

This movie takes us into the intimate world of an oldest daughter's coming of age in a transient single-parent family.

I thought this movie was good, even though through the naked eye, it looks boring.

It's the most thrilling experience to watch Winona in any role at any time, because as I've said, her performances are always screaming "Oscar" to me.

The film is predictable coming of age story.

The problems begin with an embarrassing script, loading every conceivable coming-of-age cliché on a set of characters overburdened with contrived eccentricities: Winona Ryder is a Jewish teen obsessed with Catholicism; younger sister Christina Ricci wants to swim the English Channel; and Cher is…well, simply Cher.

The movie was very charming and entertaining.

The chemistry between Cher and Hoskins are just as equally engaging as the chemistry between Ryder and Schoeffling.

One day I was bored and scrambled through my video collection and found Mermaids.

The awkward "love story" is quite compelling, as is the believable tension that is constantly erupting within the walls of the family's home.

While in my taste Cher is not a great actor, she is skilled in front of the camera in a specific way and more importantly, she seems as entertaining (or slightly less) as she is in a concert.

it seems long, but, is enjoyable if you watch it a number of times!

She is intense and emotional throughout and it's extremely genuine feeling.

She has the hots for a local hunk in his mid-twenties, and let's just say her constant mood swings and pretentious narration wear on the nerves after a while.

If this movie were to happen today then people would be all up in arms over the content, instead "its cute" Great performances by the cast including Cher A slow moving movie the requirement of ten lines is bad some movies do not have enough information to make ten lines wonder if they have to get permission for rearing broadcast?

Everything in this movie has been done to a better effect somewhere else, but the film should be enjoyed for what it is; a quirky, and at times funny, coming of age tale.

Set in coastal Massachusetts, the scenery is breathtaking, and the idyllic depiction of life in a small town in the last days of American innocence is dead on.

There is a lot of "coming of age" to this story and although, there is some predictability in the movie as well as some very sad moments, the top notch performances bring the characters to life and there is a gentle sweetness to the movie, that reaches out and touches.

Every tired convention of early '60s nostalgia (the music, the fashions, JFK's assassination) is dusted off and put on display, and every predictable crisis in the formula plot occurs right on cue.

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.

The story is simple, a quirky family living the nomadic lifestyle, the love interest plots with the two women is interesting, the bickering and emotional arguments are engaging, the period of the film is convincing, and of course it is great to hear "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" (both the Betty Everett and the number one version by Cher), it is a nice gentle, funny and light-hearted romantic comedy.

Wynonna Rider was brilliant in this coming of age movie about a religiously obsessed young woman struggling with her sexuality.

A Quirky Comedy With Engaging Characters .

Downsides are one cliche too many (WHY does every movie that takes place in the 60's have to feature JFK's assassination?

) and it goes on a tad too long, but its worth watching for sure.

Its the movie that will let you know that no one is alone, from the little girls who crave the lime light, to the Mothers who want to be the best mother they can but also don't want to leave a part of their past behind and also for the confused young women torn between two loves.

I give this dishonest film a 2 instead of a 1 because of the brilliant performance of Winona Ryder (at 18, how was it possible for her to escape the banal direction of Richard Benjamin?

Endlessly entertaining performances are the best thing about this underrated and understated coming-of-age comedy that features Cher doing what she does best--convincing you she rules the world, and she really does.