Evening with Grownups Dec. 28

Dec 17, 2013
USM professor William Steele shares the screen with Cher in “Mermaids.”

Rockland — First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, continues An Evening with Grownups, its film and discussion series for adults, Saturday, Dec. 28, featuring the movie “Mermaids.”

Doors will open at 5 p.m., with a potluck dinner and pre-viewing fun at 5:30 p.m. The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion to follow. Donations to cover costs will be gratefully accepted.

"Oh please God, don't make me fall in love and want to do disgusting things!" So says the film’s persistently dramatic teen in constant dialog with God. “Mermaids” is the hilarious and heartwarming portrait of a 1960s-era single-parent family trying to adjust to each other’s growing independence. Charlotte (Winona Ryder) is an adolescent girl torn between her blossoming passions for a handsome caretaker and her desire to be a nun (a tough calling for a Jewish girl, to be sure). Complicating her already precarious teen angst is her little sister (Christina Ricci), a determined would-be swimmer she affectionately calls fish head; and their mother (Cher), a non-traditional, sexy, flamboyant woman who relocates them to a new town every time she causes a hint of scandal — which is often.

Even as their personal styles clash, these three incredibly different individuals begin to see that nothing, not even a life-threatening tragedy, can tear apart the bonds of family. Also starring Bob Hoskins, this 1990 film explores the mother/daughter relationship that develops in a home devoid of consistent male presence. The film also features a scene with University of Maine professor and playwright Bill Steele, who shares a bossa nova with Cher.

Grownups are invited to plan on an evening of food, fellowship and fun. For more information, call 594-8750.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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