Mermaids (1990) is a comedic drama based on a novel by Patty Dann and directed by Richard Benjamin about the family struggles of Charlotte (Winona Ryder), a 15-year-old whose single mother, Mrs. Rachel Flax (Cher), creates a lot of instability by moving the family frequently, 18 times in 15 years, after multiple failed romances.
Children model what they see. They often learn and copy the behavior, good or bad, of their parents.
Mrs. Flax: “You know, you’re just one year younger than I was when I had you. If you hate my life so much, why are you doing your damnedest to make the same mistakes?”
- Interview with Patty Dann (creativeparents.com)