Mermaids

1990 PG-13 1h 50m DVD

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Mermaids

1990 PG-13 1h 50m DVD
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This is the story of Mrs. Flax (Cher), an eccentric single mother, and her two children, Charlotte (Winona Ryder) and Kate (Christina Ricci). Charlotte is ashamed of her mother's theatrical behavior and strives to become the best Catholic possible -- even though her family is Jewish. Kate, meanwhile, has her sights set on being the world's greatest swimmer. When Mrs. Flax moves the clan to New England, the trio learns the true meaning of family.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that though this movie is set in 1963, there's some teen and parent sex going on here. Teenage Charlotte has unprotected sex. Mrs. Flax has sex with her boyfriend on the first date and later kisses the boy she knows Charlotte has a crush on. This movie also deals with death and estrangement; Charlotte's father abandoned her and she's always seeking him. Kate is seriously injured and nearly dies. Both Charlotte and Kate get drunk while their mom is out.

Sexual Content

Rachel and her boss have sex in the back seat of a car (clothes still on), Charlotte and Joe have sex (clothes still on), Rachel dates her married boss. Rachel has sex with Lou on the first date -- Rachel is shown clothed but Lou is naked under a sheet. Charlotte talks about her sexual fantasies. Several characters kiss, including Joe and Charlotte, Joe and Rachel, and couples on New Year's Eve.

Violence

Kate falls off a small waterfall and nearly drowns. The death of President Kennedy is described in detail. Rachel slaps Charlotte.

Language

Several words people may consider swearing, including "assholes," "bitch," "damn," "son of a bitch," "hell," "ass," "s--t," and "Goddamn."

Social Behavior

Charlotte has sex for the first time without using protection. Mrs. Flax is promiscuous. Charlotte steals the family car and runs away, and then lies to the family who found her about her own family.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mrs. Flax smokes often, as do girls in the girls bathroom in high school and other adult women. Mrs. Flax and Lou drink scotch. Young Charlotte and Kate get drunk together.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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