Release Date: December 14th, 1990

DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Flax (Winona Ryder) is tired of her wacky mom (Cher) moving their family to a different town any time she feels it is necessary. When they move to a small Massachusetts town and Mrs. Flax begins dating a shopkeeper (Bob Hoskins), Charlotte and her 9-year-old sister, Kate (Christina Ricci), hope that they can finally settle down. But when Charlotte's attraction to an older man gets in the way, the family must learn to accept each other for who they truly are.

Cast: Cher , Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins, Michael Schoeffling, Christina Ricci, Caroline McWilliams, Jan Miner, Dossy Peabody

Director: Richard Benjamin

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Orion Pictures

Keywords: Small town , Amusing , Touching , Transformation , Sister , Daughter , Love , 1960s , Growing up , Moving

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's undemanding good fun, even when the script turns sentimental. [14 Dec 1990]

  • 75
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    Though Mermaids moves in familiar circles, it tells its story (which is as much about mom's coming of age as the kids') in a nice mix of daft comedy and dramatic set pieces. It's a kind of Terms of Endearment without the tearjerking. [14 Dec 1990, p.G5]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Mermaids is not exactly good, but it is not boring. Winona Ryder, in another of her alienated outsider roles, generates real charisma. And what the movie is saying about Cher is as elusive as it is intriguing. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture