Critic Consensus: Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.
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Critic Reviews for Cocoon
An amiable, life-affirming fantasy-comedy about the rejuvenation of crotchery oldsters whose main distinction is offering roles to senior actors like Don Ameche (who won an Oscar), Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy
Director Ron Howard brings a quality of gentleness and whimsy to the performances, but basically this is a highly calculated project brought in by those two old pros, producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown.
Essentially, this is sci-fi with a heart, albeit one made entirely of cheese.
It has no real competition as this season's reigning fairy tale.
Audience Reviews for Cocoon
I'm really surprised this isn't as well known as other, similar films like Close Encounters, as this is a cutesy and heart warming story of not only growing up, but growing old. A great cast that carries the piece very well and makes you want to run up and hug them. To top it off, it has an amazing and satisfying end.
This 1980s sci-fi comedy doesn't really try to make you think it could be about a deadly alien invasion or serious threats to our old-timer protagonists. It is just trying to have a good time with the idea of a few elderly people feeling young again thanks to the cocoons retrieved from the bottom of the sea and stored in a pool. Of course things get exciting anyway, as the keepers of the cocoons are trying to take them home into space. It is still a feel-good movie through and through. In its best moments it oozes the same kind of movie magic that made the Spielberg films of the era so special. In its less outstanding scenes, the film drags on a little and some parts just didn't age that well. That doesn't change the fact that it is fun to witness the charming cast's adventure even after all those years.
|Walter:||I spent five years in the Nam! Wait! No I didn't. But wait! I did! No, I didn't...|
|Walter:||I spent five years in the Nam! Wait! No I didn't. But wait! I did! No, I didn't.|
|Ben Luckett:||Ben Luckett: [Stepping into the freezing cold pool] Whoa, that'll make your ol' ball sack shrivel up.|
|Ben Luckett:||[stepping into the freezing cold pool] Whoa, that'll make your ol' ball sack shrivel up.|
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