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"Love at first sight. Consequences to follow."
  • PG-13
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 6.3  (5,113)

Cousins is a 1989 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, and Sean Young. It is an American adaptation of the 1975 French film Cousin Cousine, which tells the story of two cousins who fall in love at a family wedding. The movie’s screenplay was written by Stephen Metcalfe, who adapted the script from the original French screenplay by Jean-Charles Tacchella and Daniele Thompson.

The story of Cousins revolves around Larry (Ted Danson) and Maria (Isabella Rossellini), two distant cousins who reunite at a family wedding. Maria, who has just separated from her husband, is a reserved and serious-minded woman who is struggling to cope with her recent divorce. Larry, on the other hand, is a carefree and adventurous man who has never been serious about anything in his life. The two cousins are initially distant with each other, but as the wedding festivities continue, they find themselves drawn to each other.

Their attraction grows stronger, and soon they begin a secret affair. However, they are constantly haunted by the guilt they feel about their taboo relationship. Meanwhile, Maria's ex-husband Tom (William Petersen) is trying to win her back, and Larry's girlfriend Tish (Sean Young) is growing suspicious about his behavior.

As the story unfolds, the two cousins must confront their feelings for each other and decide whether to continue their forbidden love affair or end it. The movie explores themes of love, family, and social conventions, and it does so with humor, wit, and sensitivity.

One of the strengths of Cousins is its exceptional cast. Ted Danson delivers a charming and charismatic performance as Larry, infusing the character with his trademark humor and wit. Isabella Rossellini, on the other hand, brings depth and nuance to the role of Maria, conveying the character’s inner turmoil and vulnerability with subtlety and grace. Sean Young is also noteworthy as Tish, Larry’s girlfriend who suspects that he is cheating on her.

Another highlight of the movie is its setting. The story takes place in wine country, and the picturesque vineyards and stunning landscapes provide a perfect backdrop for the romantic story. The movie’s soundtrack is also fantastic, featuring classic songs by artists like Roy Orbison and Neil Sedaka.

Overall, Cousins is a charming and entertaining romantic comedy that offers an interesting twist on the age-old tale of forbidden love. It is beautifully acted, gorgeously shot, and filled with memorable moments that will leave viewers laughing, crying, and rooting for the characters. Although it is a remake of a French movie, Cousins manages to stand on its own and become a beloved classic in its own right.

Cousins is a 1989 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (5,113)