Cousins

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Overview

In this romantic comedy, two people brought together by marriage are brought even closer by their mates. Maria Hardy Isabella Rossellini and Larry Konzinski Ted Danson first meet at a wedding, where Maria's mother and Larry's uncle are tying the knot. However, the new cousins also have something else in common: Maria's husband Tom William L. Petersen is having an affair with Larry's wife, Tish Sean Young. Maria and Larry get to talking at the wedding reception after their spouses go missing for a while, and they ...
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Overview

In this romantic comedy, two people brought together by marriage are brought even closer by their mates. Maria Hardy Isabella Rossellini and Larry Konzinski Ted Danson first meet at a wedding, where Maria's mother and Larry's uncle are tying the knot. However, the new cousins also have something else in common: Maria's husband Tom William L. Petersen is having an affair with Larry's wife, Tish Sean Young. Maria and Larry get to talking at the wedding reception after their spouses go missing for a while, and they develop a rapport. A friendship grows between them, and they start seeing each other on a regular basis. When Maria confronts Tom about his infidelity, he responds by asking her if she's sleeping with Larry. As Maria and Larry become aware of what's happening between their not-so-better halves, they decide to get revenge by pretending to have an affair as well. However, the longer they pretend to be in love, the more they realize that they aren't pretending after all. Cousins was based on the popular French film Cousin Cousine.
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Editorial Reviews

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Since its two leads become "family" by marriage, a union between a mother and an uncle that occurs after everyone in question is over 35, Cousins hardly seems an appropriate title for this romantic comedy from director Joel Schumacher, a remake of the French hit Cousin, Cousine. Three Weddings, a Funeral and a Wife Swapping might get a little closer to its true nature. This isn't to say the buoyant spirit of the French original doesn't carry over, but the most interesting family relations on display are not those of "kissing cousins," but across generations within the same family. In fact, the best duo in the movie isn't Ted Danson's Larry Konzinski and Isabella Rossellini's Maria Hardy, but rather, a dyspeptic grandfather (Lloyd Bridges) and grandson (Keith Coogan), whose camaraderie steals the show. Danson and Rossellini do have some nice scenes together, despite not being blessed with very much chemistry. Both are likeable almost to a fault, making it more difficult to accept that they're married to such losers -- a skirt-chasing car salesman (William Petersen), as if that character could get any more stereotypical, and a train wreck of a floozy played by Sean Young. In a true attempt to make Larry and Maria seem like saints, they only dip their toes in the waters of infidelity long after their spouses have repeatedly made themselves into public nuisances. Extremes like these inform much of the proceedings, but Cousins does find its quieter moments, when it becomes a charming showcase for its two appealing stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1996
  • UPC: 097363218135
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Danson Larry Kozinski
Isabella Rossellini Maria Hardy
Sean Young Tish Kozinski
William Petersen Tom Hardy
Lloyd Bridges Vince Kozinski
Norma Aleandro Edie Costello
Keith Coogan Mitch Kozinski
Gina de Angelis Aunt Sofia
Michele Moyier Magician's Assistant
Stephen E. Miller Stan
Katie Murray Chloe Hardy
Harold MacDonald Priest at Funeral
Ann Leong Chinese Fish Saleswoman
Tom McBeath Mr. Dionne
Andrea Mann Rosanna
Monica Marko Cosmetic Customer
Bernadette Leonard Bernadette
Wes Tritter Waiter
Leroy Schultz Cousin Harry
Sharon Wahl Weddingland Hostess
Denalda Williams Olga
Michael Naxos Mr. Bregman
John Paterson Magician
David W. Rose Maitre d'
Sheila Paterson Cottage Owner
Margot Pinvidic Natalie
Cathy Bayer Cathy
Gordon Currie Dean Kozinski
George Coe Phil Kozinski
Kate Danson Wedding Killer Listener
Gary Pembroke Allen Oil Painting Teacher
Dolores Drake Mrs. Dionne
Alex Bruhanski Herbie
Gerry Bean Kevin Costello
John Civitarese Terri's Father
Lorraine Butler Mrs. Greenblatt
Babs Chula Mrs. Davidow
John Hurwitz Twin
Saffron Henderson Terri Costello
Bill Henderson Valhalla Band
Antony Holland Wedding Priest
David Hurwitz Twin
Mark Frank Arnie Slevins
Michelle Goodger Claudia
Lorena Gale Cosmetic Demonstrator
Thomas Heaton Farmer on Tractor
George Goodman Jewish Father of Bride
Gloria Harris Terri's Mother
Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
William Allyn Producer
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Fern Buchner Makeup
Warren Carr Production Manager
Mark Freeborn Production Designer
George Goodman Executive Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Marci Liroff Casting
Stephen Metcalfe Screenwriter
Tish Monaghan Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Orr Special Effects
Robert Brown Editor
Linda Vipond Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Touching

    I watched this movie while I was in college. In this story, the most touching part is when Maria and Larry met again in the train station, they both cannot hide their feelings and go together on the motorcycle drive thru the fields, towards to start the "real" affair, the music is matching very well. I own the video and CD, and I love this soundtrack. I just cannot immagine Maria's husband Tom - William Petersen, changed a lot when he acted in CSI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my most favorite movies!

    I have seen this movie hundreds of times, and I never get tired of it! Filmed in beautiful British Columbia, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! The movie is hillarious and touching. Ted Danson and Isabella Rosellini make a perfect couple, pretending to be lovers to make their significant others jealous when they find out that the two are having an affair. Their plans seems to work until they find themselves falling in love for real...

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