Mermaids, starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, and Winona Ryder, is a slow movie about a mom who has a dysfunctional relationship with her daughters and the man she is dating.
I saw it sort of by default. You see, there was this girl, Vicky, that I liked during the spring of my third year of college. Since I didn’t have a car, I asked her to go on a date to the movie theater on campus in March 1991.
Mermaids was the only movie playing that night. I was nervous during the whole movie, trying to decide whether I should try to hold her hand, maybe even kiss her.
What if I tried to kiss her and she pulled away? I’d seem like a creep. So, I endured the movie, and then we talked and laughed for hours after.
Later on, we were hanging out at her sorority house, and I pulled the cheesy “I think I’ll tickle her, so I can move close, and then I’ll kiss her” move. I might have made that move up. I’m not sure.
Anyway, it worked and we dated for a couple of weeks, but the whole thing went nowhere and we went out with other people for the rest of college.
Two and a half years later, I ran into her at our college homecoming, and we hung out for a while.
The next week I sent her a letter to say hello. This was the early 90s! She sent a hello letter back. We were pen-pals/phone-pals for a while. Then we started dating, again, but long distance, because I was in Maryland and she was in New York.
In November 19, 1994, we got engaged, and then we got married on May 25th, 1996.
There were lots of way better movies that came out around that time, like Godfather: Part III, Sleeping With the Enemy, and Silence of the Lambs. Too bad our first date wasn’t at a cooler movie, so we could watch it again.
Mermaids is available on Amazon in DVD.