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My American Cousin [VHS] (1986)

Margaret Langrick , John Wildman , Sandy Wilson  |  PG |  VHS Tape
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Margaret Langrick, John Wildman, Richard Donat, Jane Mortifee, T.J. Scott
  • Directors: Sandy Wilson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: January 28, 1987
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300189538
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Is Charming April 10, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a good movie. A low budget movie, it is better than 95% of the big budget movies. It succeeds perhaps because it is the personal real-life story of the movie's writer/director/co-producer Sandy Wilson...or maybe it is because they had Margaret Langrick playing the part of Sandy Wilcox, a 12 year old girl going on 26...but whatever the reason, My American Cousin charms us.
Locals and other non-actors were used for minor roles and extras, and this gives a feel of authenticity to the movie. Indeed, it is easy, as a viewer, to imagine a cameraman hiding nearby while simply filming the activities in this small Canadian town. And this is never more true than when Margaret Langrick is in a scene. Her naturalness is amazing. She captures the angst of an intelligent but frustrated 12 year old perfectly.
The movie does make a mis-step however. There's a sex scene with Butch and Shirley. No flesh is shown, but the deed clearly is done...and it spoils things. Why the movie's creator, Sandy Wilson, forced this scene in there is hard to figure, as it is unnecessary and out of place. And it's sad because, with this scene in there, you can't show the movie to your kids; but, without this scene, it would be a great movie for kids...especially 11, 12, and 13 year old girls who believe that no one understands them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What it's really like to be 12 years old. August 15, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I adored this film when I was 12 and pretty much memorized it because I would watch it so often.

It's set during one weekend in the "golden summer of 1959". Sandy Wilson is practically a teenager, right on the verge of turning 13. Her mind is on boys and what fun the future will hold. She fights with her mom over stupid things. Gets fed up with adults treating her like a child. And is incredibly bored by her hometown - aching to run away and discover all that life has to offer.

One night, out of nowhere, an American cousin she's never met, Butch Walker, appears. He's blonde, blue-eyed and 18. Drives a huge fancy red Cadillac. And - he's from California.

Butch causes quite a stir in the little community formed around the Wilson's cherry farm. He's gorgeous, but a bit of a slacker and coasts by on his looks and coolness. There's flirtation between Butch and Sandy, but it halts when he discovers how young she is. (Funny, how it never bothered me that they were cousins - lol) Only to re-emerge a little later in the film.

Butch woos Shirley, the pretty blonde girlfriend of Lenny, the area's cool guy who is completely out-cooled by Butch. The boys begin to compete in everything. Lots of tension develops over this. Finally culminating in a fist-fight at an outdoor summer dance.

But Sandy loves having Butch around. Not only does he have that Cadillac, but he's cute to boot. Definite crush material. And he's FUN! He makes things happen. He breaks rules. He disregards parents (but isn't dangerous). It's like he's the answer to Sandy's prayers.

By the end of the weekend, Butch's parents appear to get their son (or is it their car that they're *really* worried about?).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Through the eyes of a 12-year-old March 15, 2005
By Bomojaz
Format:VHS Tape
Set in Canada in 1959, 12-year-old Sandy's life is a crashing bore until her 18-year-old American cousin shows up in his red Cadillac. She quickly develops a crush on him, though he is more interested in the older town girls. He is rich and spoiled, and eventually his parents come to get him before he gets into serious trouble. The picture is very faithfully told through the eyes of a 12-year-old, but the movie raises no issues or makes any statement--Sandy doesn't seem to change much because of her cousin's visit. As a dramatic vehicle the movie is pretty static, like a What I Did on My Summer Vacation school composition. Well done, though, as far as it goes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so wonderful March 11, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
yes, it has cheesy dialogue. but when i was twelve i watched it and it was just how i thought, so if you want to know what your daughter is thinking just watch this movie. a gentle, wistful movie that i love
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