Mermaids stars Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins, Michael Schoeffling, and Christina Ricci. The movie is about a Mrs. Flax, played by Cher, who is raising her two daughters, Charlotte Flax and Kate Flax, by herself. Mrs. Flax is a bit of an eccentric and the long suffering oldest daughter, played by Winona Ryder, tries to make up for her mother's free spirited ways by being too mature for her age or, at least, she thinks she is mature.
Mermaids is a cross between a coming of age story, drama, and comedy. Michael Schoeffling plays Joe a handsome young man who Winona Ryder's character become quite infatuated with. Bob Hoskins plays the love interest of Cher's character. Winona Ryder gives an earnest performance as a young girl who is not as mature or clever as she thinks. Christina Ricci is the water loving daughter who watches on the sidelines as her older sister and mother deal with their relationship.