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5. My American Cousin

Country Available: Canada, USA
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  • Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, writer/director Sandy Wilson's breezy autobiographical memoir of growing up in picturesque British Columbia in the late 1950s became a popular hit in the 1980s. My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another long summer of cherry picking when suddenly her older, James Dean-cool cousin Butch (John Wildman) arrives unexpectedly from California in a red Cadillac convertible. Sandy and her pre-teen friends fall madly for Butch's rock 'n' roll swagger, but he's more interested in making time with the local girls and getting in fistfights than in playing chauffeur to Sandy. Both have a lot to learn about life and each other, but united under the strict parental rule of Sandy's dad, they vow to make this summer a truly unforgettable experience. Capturing the restlessness of youth with a fresh and funny perspective, Wilson's genuinely charming period piece is forever reaching for lost innocence as it playfully contrasts Canadian and American attitudes. Langrick, who picked up a Genie in her first big screen role, discusses her experiences on the film along with co-stars John Wildman and Jane Mortifee, while Sandy Wilson and producer Peter O'Brian reveal why My American Cousin has remained a consistent favourite for Canadians and non-Canadians alike.

    View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2006 Length: 48 minutes Library Audience:
  • General Interest
  • Canadian Film Studies
  • School Audience:
  • 10-12
  • Post Secondary
  • Subjects:
  • Canadian Film Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Film Making
  • Language Arts
  • Formats Available:
  • DVD
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