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Cousins (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 10 February 1989 (USA)
Two couples go to a mutual friend's wedding and end up swapping partners.



(based on the film "Cousin, Cousine"written by), (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina DeAngeles ...
Aunt Sofia (as Gina DeAngelis)
Chloe Hardy (as Katie Murray)
Dean Kozinski
Terri Costello


Legal secretary Maria is married to car salesman Tom. Dance teacher Larry is married to the striking Tish. Larry's uncle is marrying Maria's mother. Tom and Tish meet at the wedding and waste no time taking more than a test drive in his BMW. So when Maria and Larry become acquainted later in the day they already have a common interest. But more than that, they find they like each other. A lot. Written by Jeremy Perkins

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Release Date:

10 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sabor de la infidelidad  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,039,805, 12 February 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though the movie was based on a French film, Cousin cousine (1975), neither of its non-American lead players, Isabella Rossellini and Norma Aleandro were French, they were Italian and Argentinian respectively. See more »


When Chloe is lying in bed asleep as her mother looks over her, Chloe's head changes position from one edit to the next, first with her head turned downward on the pillow, then with her head turned upward next. See more »


Vince: [a the cemetery, declining to join the funeral group] At my age, you don't want to get too close to an open grave.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) See more »


Written by Julian Orbon, José Fernández Díaz, Hector Angulo and José Martí
Arranged by Pete Seeger
Performed by Jean-Marc Dompierre Orchestra
Courtesy of Arthur Young Enterprises, Inc. (Canada)
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Umpteen Weddings and... a wonderful little/big movie.
27 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I loved the 1975 French movie "Cousin, Cousine" (roughly pronounced 'koo-ZAN koo-ZEEN', for the non-francophiles). It was a very funny, very sexy and "tres French" movie.

So I rolled my eyes when I heard of this American remake, especially when I learned that Ted Danson would play the male lead. Nothing against Mr. Danson's abilities, but I assumed the casting of a television star -- "Cheers" was still going strong on NBC at the time -- meant that bigger names had identified this film as a stinker and were staying away.

I was happily surprised when this remake turned out to be as funny, warm and romantic (if a tad less sexy) than the original. In fact, it's nearly the same movie, and in this case that's a good thing. Thankfully Paramount didn't feel the need to alter too much.

Like "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (which came after), most of the action in this movie takes place at various ritual gatherings of family and friends. Danson and Isabella Rossellini play cousins by marriage who are each saddled with attractive but less than desirable mates: hilarious performances by Sean Young and William L. Petersen.

In fact, everyone is good in this movie. It should have led to better movie parts for Mr. Danson, but unfortunately it wasn't a financial success. Lloyd Bridges as a family patriarch is a revelation. Again, if the film had done better at the box office, he might have earned an academy award nomination.

"Cousins" is a large-cast movie that leaves one feeling good without ignoring the pain in life. It's "wedding as microcosm" and everyone has a part to play. It's unusual to see a movie with so many age groups represented, and everyone equal. It's not a teen film, but neither is it an anti-teen film. It's a film about the swirl of life. Babies are born, old people die, couples form and break-up... and all observed from a slightly removed point of view, so that we see ourselves and also see that we shouldn't always take ourselves too seriously.

Don't let your preconceptions keep you away from "Cousins." It's a wonderful little/big movie.

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