Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

'90s coming-of-age tale has sex, drinking, cursing.

PG-13 1990 110 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 10+

Mermaids is an amazing movie for families with tweens (but not TOO young) to watch.

While it does have a very watered-down sex scene and lots of sexual references, Mermaids is a family movie at heart. Winona Ryder and Cher give incredible performances that I didn't see coming. It's the kind of movie that will put you in a great mood. Almost everyone should be able to relate to this story and these characters. It's a very well-done film, and all people (especially females) should watch it.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
age 13+

A Favourite!

Mermaids is one of my all time favourite coming of age 90's movies! Didn't really care for it as a teen, but now it's at the top of my list! Awesome cast includes Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, Cher, Bob Hoskins and Michael Schoeffling. Fantastic acting by these few favorite actors of mine and very underrated! It's set in the sixties and covers everything from mother daughter relationships to dating, to first loves to parenting and plenty of ups and downs in between, including the assassination of president JFK. It's a story about finding your way and making mistakes and bad decisions along the way. Sometimes you have to jump through hoops just to get there. It's very real and human story that deals with realistic topics, but it's also fun and engaging. If I haven't seen it for a couple months, I'll watch it several times throughout the week to get my fix! I just love it and the humor throughout is really nice touch. The cover may seem it's a good family movie but it's not recommended for teens under 13. Language has uses of sh*t, b*tch, @ss, asshole, [email protected], hell, [email protected] Violence is pretty tame but includes the death of president JFK not shown but described, a child falls into water and nearly drowns, a woman slaps her daughter in the face during a huge argument, some other arguments throughout. Sexual content includes a man cheating on his wife with another woman, we see a car rocking back and forth and sex is implied. A teen is confused about sex and often imagines doing things with her crush (out loud, sometimes graphic but not explicit) who is 11 years older. A teen thinks she's pregnant but is still a virgin. A teen often wonders if nuns where underwear in the shower. A woman kisses her daughters crush. A woman goes to bed with a man on the first date, it's talked about and they're seen in bed partially clothed. A teen has sex for the first time (unprotected) and there's some fast paced groping and clothes removed but no nudity, this happens for about 10-15 seconds. A woman appears promiscuous and talks about how she got pregnant with her kids with two different men. Some tight clothes worn throughout. Bath & shower scenes with no nudity. There's smoking throughout, some drinking, a teen and her child sister get drunk together. Religious stuff throughout. 13++ viewers!!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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