Life Lessons from Movies

Mermaids

In Drama, Movies on January 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

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.

Life Lesson:

Children model what they see. They often learn and copy the behavior, good or bad, of their parents.

Movie Scene:

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?”

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  1. […] Children model what they see. They often learn and copy the behavior, good or bad, of their parents. […]

  2. What’s interesting about this movie is how much Charlotte recognizes that she does not want to be like her mother and actively tries to be the polar opposite. Nevertheless, when she feels that she needs to be feminine, she copies everything from her mother, right down to her clothes. This illustrates the power of modeling. How could it be any different? Charlotte has no one else to learn from, so she can only express what she knows.

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