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      Cocoon: The Return

      PG Released Nov 23, 1988 1 hr. 56 min. Fantasy List
      31% 13 Reviews Tomatometer 34% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score 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). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 24 Buy Now

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      nate m It's good to see the old cast again - most of them for the last time in film. The plot is thin, there's little drama, but if you liked the first movie, you'll probably have a relaxing couple of hours with this one. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Probably better if you watch it back to back with the under-rated first film. The performances are still wonderful. Even if the film just isn't necessary. You could also always skip this and make believe everyone lived happily ever after on a planet where they don't age more or die. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review kevin w 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. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Frances H Not as good as the first one. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/05/19 Full Review Audience Member This is an unfairly hated sequel. It wasn't really needed but it closes up the loose ends mostly solid. Needed a better director but as a whole it's a fun ride. Guttenburg has more of the load from Dennihey this time but he does well and Tandy and her hubby are both fantastic. Ameche and Brimley are more in the background this time. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Reviews are wrong - it's fantastic just like the first one. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The central weakness of Cocoon: the Return is that the film lacks any compelling reason to exist. Yes, it is a heartwarming film. Yes, the performances are wonderful, and, yes, it's great to see these characters back again. But that's about it. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Insinuates that the seniors are bored of their paradise… its perversely pleased in taking away everything they have gained. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 16, 2022 Full Review Polly M. Robertus Common Sense Media A muddled morality tale. Rated: 3/5 Jan 2, 2011 Full Review Jeremy C. Fox Pajiba Mostly we get reheated leftovers and with even more mawkishness from the older actors and unfunny schtick from Steve Guttenberg. Sep 16, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 2, 2005 Full Review Caffeinated Clint Moviehole Near on par with the original...Sweet, Funny, Memorable Rated: 3/5 Mar 4, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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).
      Director
      Daniel Petrie
      Screenwriter
      Stephen McPherson
      Production Co
      20th Century Fox, Zanuck/Brown Productions
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 23, 1988, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $18.5M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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