Taglines: Love at first sight. Consequences to follow.
Larry Kozinski (Ted Danson) and Maria Hardy (Isabelle Rossellini) meet at the marriage of Larry’s uncle Phil and Maria’s mother Edie (William Aleandro). Newly made cousins-by-marriage, they find they have more in common than expected as their respective spouses, insecure Tish (Sean Young) and boorish Tom begin an affair. Over a series of ritualized family events, dreamer Larry and repressed Maria decide to exact revenge on their spouses by pretending to have an affair themselves. Their good-natured plan takes on unexpected gravity when they learn not only are they great friends, but they realize they’re falling in love with each other.
They consummate the affair, but the ramifications shake their families, including Larry’s artistic son Mitch and Maria’s adorable but aggressive daughter Chloe (Katharine Isabelle). They end the affair to bring stability back into their families’ lives. Meanwhile, (after the sudden death of Uncle Phil), Larry’s father Vince (Lloyd Bridges) becomes interested in his widowed sister-in-law Edie and courts her.
Larry and Maria meet again some time later at Vince and Edie’s wedding. Encouraged by Tish (who had split from Larry earlier in the film), he asks Maria to “dance with him”, angering Tom but convincing Maria to break free from her unhappy marriage. In an epilogue, Larry and Maria are seen sailing away with their children, living a fantasy they had shared from their earlier affair.
Cousins is a 1989 American romantic comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Keith Coogan, Lloyd Bridges and Norma Aleandro. The film is an American remake of the 1975 French comedy Cousin Cousine, directed by Jean-Charles Tacchella. It was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but set in Seattle.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Lloyd Bridges, Norma Aleandro, Keith Coogan, Katharine Isabelle
Screenplay by: Stephen Metcalfe
Production Design by: Mark S. Freeborn
Cinematography by: Ralf D. Bode
Film Editing by: Robert Brown
Costume Design by: Michael Kaplan
Set Decoration by: Linda Vipond
Music by: Angelo Badalamenti
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: February 10, 1989