Coupe de Ville (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  9 March 1990 (USA)
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Three brothers, a sergeant, a troublemaker and a dreamer meet for the first time in five years. They have met to drive home a car their father bought for their mother's 50th birthday. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy Libner
Rita Taggart ...
Betty Libner
Uncle Phil
Fred Libner
Dr. Sturgeon the Cadillac Surgeon
Chris Lombardi ...
Josh Segal ...
Billy Sturgeon
Professor Kloppner, Eastbrook Academy
Policeman #1
Don Tilley ...
Policeman #2
Garage Worker


Three brothers, a sergeant, a troublemaker and a dreamer meet for the first time in five years. They have met to drive home a car their father bought for their mother's 50th birthday. During the long ride home they get to know each other once again. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A comedy for everyone who ever struggled to love a brother...or strangle one.


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9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wild Boys  »

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$715,983 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The three jabonies.
6 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A trio of feuding brothers who haven't seen each other for five years reluctantly embark on a road trip orchestrated by their dad. There mission is to simply fetch a vintage Coupe de Ville from Detroit and deliver it to the family home in Florida. Where dad plans to present it to his wife as a birthday present. Tensions run high as the three brothers; one military - one dreamer - and one rebellious teen, must survive each other and ensure the car comes to no harm or face the consequences.

Coupe de Ville is directed by Joe Roth and stars Arye Gross, Daniel Stern & Patrick Dempsey as the brothers; Alan Arkin & Rita Taggart as the parents & Annabeth Gish drops in as the love interest angle. Tho holding few surprises with its basic conceptual formula, it's a film that can brighten up the darkest of days and really should be more well known. Anyone who has been involved with sibling rivalry can identify with the brothers from the outset.

We open with a sequence of them as youngsters, fighting in the bedroom, naturally. Fast forward twelve years and they undertake this journey that has cunningly been set up by the father (a delightful turn from Arkin), cue arguments and a number of humorous set ups executed skilfully by Messrs Stern, Gross and Dempsey. Along the way they of course run into problems and obviously encounter the usual array of interesting characters that tend to fill out the "road movie" genre. But the film is not all about the comedy, it has something to say, and it's possibly thru it's more serious and poignant moments that Coupe de Ville soars a little higher than your basic coming of age picture.

The cast are strong right thru and Roth has a very easy on the eye directing style, while the soundtrack is top dollar for those into 50s and 60s rockers. There's no new ground being found here, something that has in the past been used by notable critics to beat it over the head with. But I love this film, it has a lot of resonance to me, and ultimately it's as funny as much as it is a worthy message picture. Go on, give it a go if you get the chance, it just might strike the same chord with you as it did with me. 8/10

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