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>
It's the summer of 1959. Twelve year old Sandy Wilcox (Margaret Langrick) hates being treated as a kid. Her family lives on a pastoral farm. Her American cousin Butch Walker from California visits driving a red Cadillac convertible. He's everything cool that she wants to be. She's nothing more than a kid to him. He's a James Dean wannabe. He has a fling with Shirley Darling which angers her boyfriend Lenny McPhee. In the end, he's simply a skirt chasing runaway driving mommy's car.
Margaret Langrick is an intriguing young actress but John Wildman is no James Dean. At best, he is pretending. That may be the point but there are better ways to do it. Sandy Wilson has written a sweet coming-of-age story but her directing leaves a lot to be desired. She spends more effort in getting the time period than getting great performances. The acting and style are a bit amateurish. The story is there but the movie doesn't quite arrive.
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