Richard Benjamin’s 1990 coming of age film, Mermaids, has finally arrived on Blu-ray, courtesy of Olive Films.
This tale of sexual awakening and teenage angst stars Cher as the flighty mother of two young girls – played by Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci. When they move to a new town, the oldest daughter, Charlotte (Ryder) falls in love with town heartthrob, which makes her desire to become a nun all the more difficult. The youngest, Kate (Ricci) longs to become an Olympic swimmer, much to her mother’s dismay. In the meantime, Miss Flax (Cher) begins a new relationship with Lou (Bob Hoskins) who works at a shoe store.
Before long, Charlotte’s teenage hormones and Miss Flax’s unpredictable nature clash with one another, leading to more drama within the family.
But it all turns out good, and by the end of the film, you’ll very likely be smiling. Mermaids is an underrated joy of a film with fantastic performances all around.
There are no special features on this release, but you should still grab a copy.