Reviewed byVarlaamVote: 9/10/10
(Small-town Massachusetts fills in for Paris.)
Every shot, every nuance in this film is just right. That's mostly RichardBenjamin's doing, but the great cast got inspired -- maybe by the glowingfall colours, maybe by the nostalgic fashions of 1963 -- to really outdothemselves.
Richard Benjamin's direction deserves extra credit because he was notfilming his own autobiography, the way François Truffaut was in 1959.Similarities in the two storylines encompass more than just the awkwardnessof adolescence. (Charlotte watches the Singing Nun on television, whileAntoine lights a candle before a holy image of Balzac.)
Cher is as good as she was earlier in "Moonstruck", while Winona exceeds herperformance in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael". And they both prove they canbe pretty in pink.
Bob Hoskins and Cher have a genuine chemistry. Who ever would have predictedthat they would make the ideal romantic couple?
If there's a better, truer, or funnier story of a girl's coming of age, Ihaven't been lucky enough to see it.
Reviewed byTheAnimalMotherVote: 7/10/10
I've seen this film a number of times, and I always enjoy it. Whatstands out most about this film is the acting, and the overall feel ofthe film. It feels tremendously authentic to its time and subjects. Theacting is very good throughout, and the movie is just a very fun, andvery human story. One that is easy for almost anyone to relate to insome way.
There are a number of great performances in this film. Winona Ryderplays one of her most interesting characters, and she pulls it off verywell. Bob Hoskins is very strong and enjoyable as usual. Personally Ihave always loved Cher's acting. I can't say I'm a huge fan of hermusic, but I've always had some respect for her there too. However heracting has always been very strong in my opinion. I know she has beennominated for multiple Oscars and even won one for Moonstruck. HoweverI still think her acting is somewhat underrated by most people. (Andshe also gave Nick Cage his first huge break after demanding that thestudios cast Cage opposite her in Moonstruck. Cage was thought to besomewhat of a risky bet back in those days, and Cher basically made themajor studios take the chance with him. Which I find somewhat funny,and also very Cher like.). Cher also had the original director of thisfilm, and the girl who was originally cast in Winona's part fired. SoWinona fans also have Cher to thank for her even being in this film.It's hard to criticize Cher for getting rid of these originals either,seeing as how well the film turned out with the people she approved.She is a very strong minded and hearted woman in my view, and if youtake a look at Silkwood, Mask, Moonstruck, and this nice little film.You will undoubtedly also see that this woman can flat out act. She hassome other decent films as well.
Anyway, all in all, I highly recommend Mermaids to anyone that likescharacter driven film. And basically to any teen, male or female. It isbasically a coming of age story in terms of Winona's character, andeven for Cher and Hoskins characters to some degree too. :) And thereis a lot to relate to in terms of the parent/child relationship,especially the single parent. Those with Attention Deficit Disorder ,or those who get bored easy may not get into it however. :) I gave thisfilm a 7, but I'm a pretty strict rater, and this film is a very solid7 in my opinion. In fact, I'd give it a 7.5 if I could.
Reviewed byReal_GirlVote: 7/10/10
Cher and Wynona Ryder are very believable as Mrs. and Charlotte Flax,respectively. Mrs. Flax is a single mom who lives by the motto "Realwomen never get too old." Her bright, bold, sexy ways make her aspecial woman but aren't enough to spare her from all thecharacteristic pains of single motherhood. Moving from town to townwith every new relationship, she finds herself at odds her 15 year olddaughter, Charlotte.
Charlotte wants to be everything her mother isn't - pious, proper,humble, and pure. Her good intentions, however, are constantly inconflict with her basic nature, which is more like her mothers.Charlotte develops a fierce crush on Joe, the caretaker at a nearbyconvent. When Mrs. Flax's potentially serious relationship with theendearing Lou, played by Bob Hoskins, hits a rough patch, she too findsherself attracted to Joe. With competition for his affection to addfuel to the fire between Mrs. Flax and Charlotte, the only thing theycan seem to agree on is caring for Katie, Charlotte's little sister,charmingly played by a young Christina Ricci. As things come to a headin the small town where the Flaxes are living, Katie's well-being hangsin the balance while both her mom and older sister try to work throughtheir impulses.
After yet another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax (Cher) ups her family to the east coast to start all over again. Reluctantly dragged along with her is her daughter Charlotte - going through a very confusing time of her life - who wants to become a nun, and instead falls in love with a quiet, mild-mannered church employee, to the mixed response of her mother. Set at around the time of the Kennedy Assassination.