Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another ...
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Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another long summer of cherry picking when suddenly her older, James Dean-cool cousin Butch (John Wildman) arrives unexpectedly from California in a red Cadillac convertible. Sandy and her pre-teen friends fall madly for Butch's rock 'n' roll swagger, but he's more interested in making time with the local girls and getting in fistfights than in playing chauffeur to Sandy. Both have a lot to learn about life and each other, but united under the strict parental rule of Sandy's dad, they vow to make this summer a truly unforgettable experience. Capturing the restlessness of youth with a fresh and funny perspective, Wilson's genuinely charming period piece is forever reaching for lost innocence as it playfully contrasts Canadian and American attitudes. My American Cousin has remained a consistent favourite for ...Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
My American Cousin is a fun look at '50s teen life in Canada
Having just seen the disturbing '95 teen film Kids and then the '71 pre-teen coming of age romance Melody, I grabbed one of my brother's tapes and watched for the first time the Canadian coming-of-age movie from 1985 that takes place in the summer of '59, My American Cousin. The "My" of the title is one Sandy Wilcox (Margaret Langrick), a twelve-year-old going on thirteen tired of being treated like a child by her parents. Suddenly, a cousin from California named Butch (John Wildman) arrives to the surprise of her parents. During the day or so he stays, Butch takes Sandy and her friends for a ride while also heavily flirting with a girl named Shirley. I'll stop right there and say this was for the most part light-hearted and fun with great performances by both Langrick and Wildman. Worth seeking out if you see it in listed in an upcoming TV section of your local paper.
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