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      Cocoon

      PG-13 Released Jun 21, 1985 1h 57m Fantasy List
      82% Tomatometer 49 Reviews 60% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Oscar-winning fantasy in which the residents of a Florida rest home get a new lease of life when they stumble across an alien "fountain of youth" in a disused holiday home. Unbeknown to them, aliens have been using the swimming pool in the house to store their cocooned brethren, giving the waters a powerful, rejuvenating quality. Read More Read Less
      Cocoon

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      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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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times "Cocoon" is one of the sweetest, gentlest science-fiction movies I’ve seen, a hymn to the notion that aliens might come from outer space and yet still be almost as corny and impulsive as we are. Rated: 3/4 Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Rick Lyman Philadelphia Inquirer Though the film is impressive in most details... Cocoon is most compelling for the tone of tearful hope that Howard has been able to create. Rated: 4/4 Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Bill Cosford Miami Herald This is a great deal of performing talent in one small space, and Howard, whether by innate good sense or blind good luck (I’d like to think it’s the former), doesn’t waste a moment of it. Rated: 3/4 Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Rick Chatenever Santa Cruz Sentinel Even the heartrending "E.T." was basically old-fashioned melodrama in a new sci-fi wrapping; this one, in contrast, manages to be quite provocative at the same time it's thoroughly entertaining. Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Robert W. Butler Kansas City Star Mr. Howard has a terrific sense of humor, compassion for his characters, and a willingness to look beyond the obvious for revelatory details and touches. “Cocoon” is a first-class example of popular moviemaking. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Malcolm Johnson Hartford Courant From the very start, "Cocoon" wraps us in a spell. Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      R B You probably have to be elderly to fully appreciate this film. While it is an interesting story, I think it is one of the more overrated films of the 1980's. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/27/23 Full Review sarah h Cocoon is awesome! One of the best non-serious scifi movies of it's day. I loved seeing all the classic black and white actors again. They've all died now, and we have this cute little ditty to remember them by. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/07/23 Full Review Torin F COCOON's fun-loving elderly cast and location setting makes for a really engaging and enjoyable first half. The movie fatally falters, however, with absurd plotting (the aliens' invitation after their apparent loss) that turns the film into a clumsy, sentimental analogy for the promise of the afterlife. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 06/19/23 Full Review Taylor L I'm so confused. I spent so many years thinking that Cocoon was a horror movie, sort of like Invasion of the Body Snatchers but with Wilford Brimley. That is 100% not what this movie is. Though the film has plenty of lighthearted moments (there's lots of friendly dolphins, and it's from 1985, so there had to be a montage in there somewhere), Cocoon is an unusual but oddly tender exploration of aging. The twilight years are really ever only explored two ways in film - you've either got some sort of tortured drama about the ravages of time and missed opportunities (think Anthony Hopkins in The Father) or an uplifiting we're-not-dead-yet bit of hopium (something like The Bucket List or if you're a middle-aged mom, Mamma Mia!). Precious few films explore the elderly or their problems as actual characters, and while Cocoon does have an alien made of light wandering around in a bathrobe, it also gives some sincere thought to what it means to be elderly, with a mind that longs for days past and a body that won't cooperate. There are actual characters at play here, and while the sci-fi stylings and effects are on the weaker side, at its core Cocoon is an interesting drama that shines a light on a period in life that movies - as a means of escapism - would typically rather ignore. We're just not going to talk about how these old guys were swimming in a pool that was supposed to have been abandoned for three years. Mosquitoes and malaria galore. (3/5) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/11/22 Full Review Ella L This movie is so good. thumbs up. old people can dream too Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/22/22 Full Review isla s I thought this was a pretty quirky, amusing watch. Its very much a family friendly fantasy film. The special effects are pretty old fashioned but thats to be expected given its over 30 years old - thats partly why its amusing, the reaction of the actors to the special effects. It does have a moral message behind it about greed, I suppose. Its fairly cheesy at times, even somewhat reminiscent of ET in a way but its a pretty good watch regardless and I'd say its worth seeing, yes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Oscar-winning fantasy in which the residents of a Florida rest home get a new lease of life when they stumble across an alien "fountain of youth" in a disused holiday home. Unbeknown to them, aliens have been using the swimming pool in the house to store their cocooned brethren, giving the waters a powerful, rejuvenating quality.
      Director
      Ron Howard
      Producer
      Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, David Brown
      Screenwriter
      Tom Benedek
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox, SLM Production Group, Zanuck/Brown Productions
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 21, 1985, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $75.9M
      Runtime
      1h 57m
      Sound Mix
      Surround