Mermaids

  • 15
  • Richard Benjamin (1990)
  • US
  • 105 min
Mermaids
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Cher, Bob Hoskins and Winona Ryder. It's 1963: after uprooting her family to a small coastal town in Massachusetts, restless single parent Mrs Flax becomes romantically involved with a local shopkeeper. At the same time, her elder daughter is worried that her own tentative romance may compromise her religious calling.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Richard Benjamin

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Guidance: 
Edited for language and a sex scene.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama