The film Mermaids was released in the year 1990 and revolves around the life of a single mother and her two daughters in the America of the early sixties. The touching, but funny story was an instant hit, which was in part due to the amazing cast.
The quirky and awkward 15-year-old "Charlotte Flax" is going through puberty and constantly clashes with her mother "Rachel". He mom's erratic lifestyle and the parade of men she has coming home with her are things that the pious "Charlotte" cannot stand. She is very religious and wants to become a nun, although her family is actually Jewish! She longs for an intact family and a father, whom she has never met.
The pretty brunette is an established Hollywood star today thanks to films such as Dracula and The Crucible. in 2001, she however caused a scandal when she stole designer clothes from a boutique. She was sentenced to three years probation, community service and a fine. Since then she hasn't done anything but be a brilliant actress, like on the Netflix hit show Stranger Things.
"Rachel Flax", the fun-loving mother likes flirting, but time and again, falls for the wrong men. Every time on of her her short-term relationships comes to an end, she moves to another town with her daughters. After an affair with her boss, who is married, she moves her family from Oklahoma to the idyllic Eastport in Massachusetts.
"Rachel's" younger daughter "Kate", played by Chritina Ricci, is nine years old and loves to swim. Her biggest wish is to be a successful swimmer someday.
"Louis 'Lou' Landsky" is the owner of the local shoe store in Eastport and eventually becomes "Rachel's" boyfriend.In his early forties, he is a great father figure to Charlotte and Kate, and is also able to teach Rachel and the girls on how to be a family.
After his great supporting role in Mermaids, Hoskins appeared in films like Hook, The Big Freeze, Enemy at the Gates and Snow White and the Huntsman. In 2012, he withdrew from show business after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He died from pneumonia at the age of 71 on April 29 in 2014.
Michael Schoeffling played "Joseph 'Joe' Poretti", the 26-year-old caretaker of the convent up the street of the "Flax" residence whom "Charlotte" is interested in. He eventually leaves town after he sleeps with "Charlotte".