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.
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- Richard Benjamin
- 1991 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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.
- Kate falls off a small waterfall and nearly drowns. The death of President Kennedy is described in detail. Rachel slaps Charlotte.
- 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.
- 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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it