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#69 | Mermaids 2: Search for the Merman

By Harry Chappell & John Lucas

There are certain actors we’ll watch in just about anything. Cher is one, Winona Ryder is another. In Mermaids, the pair play mother and daughter, with Christina Ricci and Bob Hoskins in supporting roles and a fabulous 1960s soundtrack in the background. Let’s be realistic, there was never any way we weren’t going to love this movie. Released in 1990, a time when both women were at the height of their movie careers, Mermaids is a gentle coming of age dramedy based on a novel by Patty Dunn. It’s very much a product of its time, but a little bit darker and more thoughtful than you probably remember it being - particularly if, like us, your main memory of the film is that it featured Cher’s cover of the Shoop Shoop Song.  This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by returning guest Lucy Meredith to discuss iconic wigs, Winona’s intense inner monologues, the ineffable sex appeal of Bob Hoskins and more. [...]

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