Mermaids

Mermaids

Richard Benjamin (1990)

105min
15 Certificate
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After making his directorial debut with My Favourite Year in 1982, Richard Benjamin has forged a career in quirky comedies, despite the occasional return to acting. In this gentle romantic comedy, he coaxes a deft performance from Winona Ryder as a confused 1960s teen, caught between her lust for a local handyman (Michael Schoeffling) and her desire to be a nun. Surrounded by an eccentric mother (Cher) who's having an on-off relationship with a local shopkeeper (Bob Hoskins) and a younger sister (Christina Ricci) who practises being a swimmer by holding her breath in the bath, it's not surprising she finds life so perplexing. This is a curious, light-hearted tale (it'll make you smile, not belly laugh), with Ryder the greatest surprise as the young girl who's experiencing all kinds of pubescent angst.

Summary

A religious teenager lives with her unconventional mother, who ups sticks whenever a relationship goes wrong, and a younger sister obsessed with swimming. Luckily, the family's latest fresh start leads to romance for both mother and daughter. Comedy set in the 1960s, starring Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins and Christina Ricci.

Cast & Crew

Mrs Flax Cher
Lou Landsky Bob Hoskins
Charlotte Flax Winona Ryder
Joe Peretti Michael Schoeffling
Kate Flax Christina Ricci
Carrie Caroline McWilliams
Mother Superior Jan Miner
Mary O'Brien Betsey Townsend
Mr Crain Richard McElvain
Mrs Crain Paula Plum
Director Richard Benjamin
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists Ltd Guidance: Edited for language and a sex scene. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy Drama

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