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My American Cousin (1985)





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A 12-year-old Canadian girl comes of age thanks to American rock music in this comedy-drama from director Sandy Wilson. The somewhat repressed Sandy Wilcox (Margaret Langrick) is visited by her cousin Butch (John Wildman), a handsome young man from the U.S.A. who passes his favorite musical tracks along to his impressionable younger relative. As the two begin to form a bond, Butch's true mischevious nature is revealed.

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Margaret Langrick
as Sandy Wilcox
John Wildman
as Butch Walker
Richard Donat
as Maj. Wilcox
Jane Mortifee
as Kitty Wilcox
T.J. Scott
as Lenny McPhee
Camille Henderson
as Shirley Darling
Babs Chula
as Mr. Walker
John Stuart Wildman
as Butch Walker
Terry Moore
as Mrs. Walker
Micki Maunsell
as Granny Wilcox
Nicola Cavendish
as Gladys Rutherford
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Critic Reviews for My American Cousin

All Critics (4)

An energetic and authentic portrait of a 12-year-old girl's coming of age that reveals the mixed feelings young people have about sex, rebellion, independence, and self-esteem

Full Review… | August 18, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

The film works a gentle spell around its viewer, and ends up leaving an unexpected lasting impression.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for My American Cousin

A good Indie film I was fortunate to see on the big screen in Vancouver, B.C. Set in a fairly remote Canadian town, 1950s, the American Cousin is a cool older teenage male who comes to town, setting younger female teen hearts aflutter (while getting himself in typical small-scale adolescent trouble).

Hal Morris
Hal Morris

A big award winner in Canada, this film has little style or interest from the directorial point of view, but is well written, well crafted, and exceptionally well acted. Compelling, but familiar.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

1. My American Cousin – Was a bizarre movie in an attempt to capture what the 50’s looked like to the Canadians. The film seems like a light hearted drama with little plot and really had very few scenes. They were all drawn out way too long and even though at first I thought maybe the film didn’t realize it was seeming pedophilic and leaning towards incest at the last 20 minutes I was blown away that the cousin kissed his 12 year old cousin on the lips. Not only was he 6 years older but he was related to her. I mean from being so light hearted it changed so drastically that it surprised me. I couldn’t believe it but there is a sequel. So I decided to get it because I want to see what happens plus the girl who plays sandy Wilcox was also in Thunderground another movie that was rather bizarre. She seems to pick roles with odd relationships between man and woman.

Matthew Marks
Matthew Marks

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