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Five years after the first "Cocoon," the friendly aliens from the planet Anterea return to Earth to rescue some incubation pods, which have been found by a team of scientists. The elderly people (Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley) who left Earth with them come along to visit with friends and family in Florida. Resuming their old lives proves alluring against the prospect of eternal life on Anterea. Meanwhile, the aliens try to rescue their children, with the help of scientist Sara (Courteney Cox).

Cast & Crew

Don Ameche
Arthur "Art" Selwyn
Wilford Brimley
Benjamin "Ben" Luckett
Hume Cronyn
Joseph "Joe" Finley
Jack Gilford
Bernard "Bernie" Lefkowitz
Maureen Stapleton
Marilyn "Mary" Luckett
Jessica Tandy
Alma Finley
Gwen Verdon
Bess McCarthy Selwyn
Elaine Stritch
Ruby Feinberg
David Brown
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Critic Reviews for Cocoon: The Return

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (8)

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  • Sep 15, 2020
    Three years after the success of the first outing proved that there was a profitable market for the seniors-fearing-death-and-meeting-life-extending-aliens-fantasy niche, quite simple a return to form - as mentioned right there in the title. Filled with mock-ups of the World War 2 era songs, the old gang all come back for one more run at St. Petersburg, Florida to save one of the resting alien creatures left on the first outing. A different director, different writers, but essentially the same formula applies, weaker perhaps because little is done to freshen the recipe up some.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2012
    This movie doesn't really have much purpose, especially considering the amazing ending to the first film, but it's a ok watch which is boosted by the performances from the original cast. They give it something of a heart and warmth, but overall it's not something that everyone should see.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2012
    Not as sweet and innocent as the original this is still a pleasant return for all the main characters and the actors give it their all. The sub-plot of one of the cocoon's being discovered by scientists is unnecessary but at least it gives us a chance to see a pre-Friends Cox. There is nothing we haven't already seen in the previous film but I dare you not to shed a tear when Cronyn sacrifices himself for Tandy, especially when you know that they were actualy married.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2009
    It's hard to believe that "Cocoon 2 - The Return" isn't more popular. The main cast from the original "Cocoon" return to earth and plan to visit for a few days. While the main cast is visiting with their family and friends, some oceanographers find a cocoon in an ocean and take it back to research it in the labs. Once the others that are here visiting find out, they pledge to save it before they leave. While they're here on earth, they try to set Bernie up with a new woman, even though his dead wife, Rose, is still on his mind all the time. More than half of the ones that came back to earth decide to stay at the end of the movie. Alma Finley finds out she has a liking for taking care of kids while her husband, Joe, is out enjoying himself with the other guys. She gets hit by a car trying to save one of the kids from being hit, and ends up in the hospital on the verge of death. The doctor tells Mr. Finley that she probably won't make it through the night. That's when the most memorable scene from the movie takes place. Mr. Finley goes in there and with the help of some good special effects, sacrifices his life for his wife to live and take the job with the kids like she wanted to. Ben Luckett gets closer to his grandson by teaching him how to hit a baseball and to not listen to the other people telling him he can't do it, but to tell himself that he can. Ben's wife, Mary also doesn't want to go away from earth again. While "Cocoon 2 - The Return" might not be as funny or original as the first "Cocoon," it does have a few funny parts and succeeds in other ways. It's a lot more of a heartwarming movie than it is a comedy and it's pretty much a laidback version of the original "Cocoon." If you liked the original, I would definitely recommend getting "Cocoon 2 - The Return." Even if you didn't like the original, give this one a chance because it is a good movie. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. I have to say I don't remember much from this sequel, other than being amazed at the special f/x for the time, but I do remember feeling strongly about it for awhile after I saw it. I need and want to see it again.
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