Mermaids (1990)

RICHARD BENJAMIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 1990

Winona Ryder and Cher in Mermaids.

Performances are the best thing about this underrated and understated coming-of-age comedy that features Cher doing what she does best: attitude. As Rachel Flax, a headstrong and independent mother of two (Winona Ryder, ), she thinks nothing of jumping into her car at the slightest sign of trouble and moving to another town (“Life is change”, she says). Ryder is excellent as the fifteen year-old Charlotte, a girl who thinks that the best way to fight her burgeoning hormones is to devote her life to the Catholic church as a nun, despite the fact that she’s Jewish; the boy next door () gets in the way of her holy ambitions. Bob Hoskins is also a riot as the awshucks shoe salesman who falls over himself for Rachel, first out of fascination, and then out of love. Great music, great period feel and very light, warmhearted direction by Richard Benjamin.

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