Summary Information

  • Title: Kissing Cousins
  • Year: 2008
  • Produced in: United States
  • Film length: 98 min
  • Language: English
  • Film type: Mainstream
  • Incest summary: Cousin-cousin

Relevant Characters

Actor
Character
Relationship
Samrat Chakrabarti
Amir
Cousin
Rebecca Hazlewood
Zara
Cousin

Specific Scenes

Time
Incest Type
Characters
Category
Description
Beginning
Duration
0:23:35
0:35
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Peeping non-nude
Discovering that every other room in his parents' house is occupied, Amir goes to the guest room and lays on the bed. He hears the shower going, though, and when he looks up he sees Zara through the frosted glass, washing herself. He watches for a long moment until she leans forward and sees him. He tries to apologize, but she slides the shower door completely shut. Amir leaves quickly.
0:28:50
1:35
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
Amir gets up at night and goes to the refrigerator for some milk. He finds Zara sitting there, manipulating some electronic device. He asks her what she's doing up and she asks the same. He complains about the sofa bed. She asks for an apology. He offers an apology for peeping on her, but she says that she wants an apology for the last time they'd seen each other when they were seven. She describes her first kiss, from him. She says that he kissed her on the mouth in front of everyone in the neighborhood, and he wouldn't apologize. She presses him to apologize, but he says he won't without proof. She calls him "the same brat" and he amends, "Only taller."
0:34:20
0:30
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Foreplay non-nude
Just arriving at Amir's place, Zara asks him, "Where shall I sleep?" He distractedly says, "In my bed." She glares at him. He looks up from the refrigerator and says, "No, I mean, you take the bed. I'll sleep on the couch." She tries to switch sleeping conditions but he insists. Finally, they compromise on switching every night.
0:34:50
0:15
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Peeping nude
Zara says, "Goodnight, cuz." He says, "Goodnight." She walks into his bedroom and he watches her from behind as she pulls her nightshirt over her head, her body visible with the lighting in the room. He stares for a second and then rolls over, pulling the blanket over his shoulder.
0:35:35
2:40
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Foreplay non-nude, Implied
Amir brings Zara to meet his group of (happily coupled) friends. They tease him about being with a beautiful woman. Zara introduces herself. Amir starts with, "She's my, uh..." Zara interrupts and says, "Girlfriend," and smiles at Amir. He doesn't correct her. His friends are shocked, and want to know the origin of their relationship. Amir and Zara argue gently over who is to tell the story, which delights the others. Finally, Zara relents and together they create a story. The group invites them to a couples' which Amir had no previous knowledge. Zara comments on the advanced stages of the couples' relationships and whispers to Amir, "Looks like we have a lot of catching up to do." The other couples toast them.
0:45:15
0:30
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Foreplay non-nude
A montage ensues of Amir and Zara at the couples' brunch. They laugh together, he takes pictures of her, and they walk arm-in-arm. They end the day with Amir and Zara in a boat, with him rowing.
0:47:20
1:05
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
While the men from the couples in Amir's group of friends get a massage, they ask Amir about his sex life with Zara. Amir says that they haven't had sex. He says that it's because the time hasn't been right. His friends confront him and he says that Zara just came into his life coincidentally, and they take it to mean that he's in love.
0:48:35
0:55
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced, Implied
As Zara gets her hair done with the women from the couples in Amir's group of friends, they ask how she got to live with Amir so quickly. She says, relaxed and eyes closed, "Yeah, Amir's family." The other two women look over at her and ask, "Family?" Zara passes it off as English slang. They accept it with a laugh. Zara says, "Besides, he insisted that I move in." The other two women are shocked. Tina says, "Your chakras must really be in sync." "Oh, we sync our chakras, alright," she says, "Every day," then whispering, "At least twice." The other two women are shocked again.
0:49:30
0:20
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
The couples are back together. One of them women asks about Amir's shoes. He says they're from Zara. "I'm sure you earned them," she says, and they laugh.
0:52:40
1:20
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Implied
Amir comes home to find Zara getting ready for a date, and he discovers that it isn't with him. Amir answers the door when her date arrives. At first Amir is awkward, but the man praises him for having an open relationship.
0:54:25
1:10
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced, Peeping nude
Amir is still up when Zara gets home from her date. He greets her and she smacks him playfully on her way past him. He asks about the date and she complains that her date was making moves the whole night. She does say that she had a good time. When he incredulously asks if she's going to go out with the same guy again she says, "Maybe," and he slaps closed the book in his hand. "What?" she asks, "He's a sweet guy...deep down. What else am I going to do? Wait around for a man, just like you?" She heads off to bed and he wishes her a good night, rolling over with his head turned away from the bedroom door. After a moment, though, he looks through and just barely sees her body through the beaded doorway.
0:59:50
0:20
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
At a Christmas party, the wife of one of Amir's friends brings up the disparity between their accounts of Amir and Zara's sex life and asks for clarification. Zara asks, "Why would you tell them we don't have sex?" He adds under pressure, "We do it all the time." His friends are excited by the news.
1:00:15
1:30
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Foreplay non-nude
Tucker begins to walk around with mistletoe, holding it over couples' heads. Amir and Zara look on, nervously. Tucker finishes kissing his wife and walks over, taunts Bridget and her date (blocking Bridget, his sister, from being kissed), and holds it over Amir and Zara's heads. They laugh nervously and then kiss chastely. Tucker comments, "Oh! That's how I kiss my uncle." Amir says that they don't express their love in public. "It's...it's an Asian thing," Zara says. Tucker taunts them and their friends begin chanting, "Snog!" Finally, Zara reaches over and grabs Amir's head, kissing him passionately. She relents after several jibes from Amir's friends. "Alright, who wants some more eggnog," Tucker asks, "Anybody?" Amir and Zara's hands both lift. "Absolutely, you two," Tucker agrees.
1:01:45
1:20
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Foreplay non-nude
"I love eggnog," Zara declares to Amir on their elevator ride back to his apartment. They joke about various nogs, laughing drunkenly. They get back into his apartment and she asks for another drink. He turns her down, saying that they have a long drive the next day. He heads toward his bedroom and she asks what he's doing. Laying on his bed he says, "I'm going to bed." "Not there, you're not," she tells him sternly. He's confused. She says, "It's my night." He refutes her, but she disagrees. "Well, you know what," he says, "I'm too drunk and gravity's too strong," and falls back on the bed. She starts to pull on his legs to pull him off the bed, but he doesn't budge. She jumps on top of him and shrieks. They giggle as he tells her she's sleeping on the couch. She recovers for a moment and they find each other face-to-face. He leans up and kisses her. The camera backs from the bedroom, showing them through the blinds. He rolls over to his side as they continue to kiss.
1:03:05
0:50
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Implied
The alarm goes off in Amir's bedroom. Amir and Zara are nude, in bed together. He has his arm resting atop her. He wakes up and turns off the alarm, and they turn toward each other and snuggle, eyes still closed. "What time is it, baby," she asks. "It's around eight," he mutters. "Holy shit!" she yells, pushing him out of bed. "What the hell happened?" she asks as he holds his injured head. He admits that he can't remember. "Did we...." she asks. "No," he says tentatively, then, "No." "Then where the hell is my dress," she asks. "Wait, most of my clothes are on," he says, "That's a good sign." "Most," she says, "I'm going to be sick." She pulls up the sheets and comforter and walks into the bathroom.
1:04:00
1:45
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Foreplay non-nude
Amir and Zara drive to Amir's mother's house in uncomfortable silence. They stop at a rest stop and he stares stares into the distance, silently. "What?" she asks angrily. He says, "I think I'm in love with you." She laughs at him and asks, "What? Amir, I'm your cousin!" He looks at her for a moment and says, "It's acceptable in some cultures." She looks at him and asks if he's crazy. He brings up their long separation between childhood and their recent re-acquaintance. "Oh my God," she says, "That's disgusting!" He tells her that they've had fun and his friends love her. "Amir, we're family," she reiterates. She laments not returning to England earlier. Amir says that it's his fault; that he didn't see it happening. "Amir," she says, "this isn't a relationship. This...this is a joke, right?" He leans toward her, reaching for her hands. She shakes her head and says, "I'll be in the car," leaving.
1:09:25
0:30
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
Amir gives Grant a present he'd intended for Zara, telling him to give it to Zara to help recover their relationship. When Grant asks how much it was, Amir says, "Don't worry about it." "You are a good person, Amir," Grant says, "Just like Zara. Must run in the family, eh?"
1:11:05
2:40
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
Zara opens her Christmas gift from Grant and is surprised. She asks Grant how he knew and he gestures toward Amir. She thinks for a second and then thanks Grant. Zara gives Amir his gift. He opens it and finds a picture of himself and Zara that he'd thrown away with the word, "Cousins" on the frame. Mrs. K comments on the strength of the friendship between Zara and Amir. Amir gives her a gift. She opens it and finds a VHS tape from the 1984, when last they'd seen one another. Grant accuses, "So this is the cousin that tried to make out with you." Amir denies it, "I'm the cousin she wacked on the head with a shovel." Jasmine suggests that they watch the tape to settle the controversy. Zara starts the tape. In the tape, Amir does kiss her and refuse to apologize, but Zara also smacks him on the head with a shovel. Mr. K comments, "Kissing cousins created quite a crisis, that day." Jasmine interrupts them to declare that her water broke.
1:16:55
0:40
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Implied
After returning from his parents', Amir takes a picture of himself with his Polaroidâ„¢ camera; a tradition usually tied with his job of delivering break-up declarations to strangers. He puts the picture in with other break-up pictures from his career, finally working his way back to another picture of himself from college.
1:18:50
0:25
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
At Charlie's bachelor party, Tucker tries to relinquish his job as Best Man to Amir, referring to his relationship with Zara. Tucker and Charlie clap and Charlie alludes to their having no hope that Amir would get into a relationship. Amir says, "You know what they say, 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.'" They toast.
1:26:00
1:10
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
Zara shows up at Charlie and Tina's wedding reception, just as Amir says that she'd told him she'd be there. He walks up and asks why she's there. She says that they had a stopover; Grant is waiting in the cab. She tells Amir that she wanted to say goodbye. She explains that she didn't tell Amir about Grant because she wanted to try to get over Grant. He accuses her of doing what she did to make herself feel better. She says that she did it to reveal his emotions. She apologizes, and he apologizes in return. She walks up to him and they hug. She hands him his picture afterward. Tucker invites them to sit down for the speech.
1:27:20
2:50
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Referenced
Zara apologizes and they think that it's for being late. Zara turns to Amir and says, "You didn't tell them, did you?" He evades the question, and Tucker calls for the Best Man's speech. Zara comments that he's Best Man now. Amir stands and says that he doesn't deserve the position. He says that he didn't understand the bonds of relationships until he got together with Zara. "But the only problem is," he says, punctuated by a long drink from his wine glass, "she wasn't my girlfriend. She's my cousin." Zara says, "It's true. I'm really sorry," and gets up to leave. Amir hands around the photo of Zara and himself. "Dude, that's gross," Charlie concludes. Liza asks, "Sleeping with your own cousin?" Amir says that they haven't slept together but Tucker brings up the kiss at their Christmas party. "It's true, and," Amir says, "we did a lot of other things that couples do." Charlie, Liza, and Tucker groan about this. Amir amends that they did 'couples' things like talk and spend time together. Zara watches while Amir talks about his mending heart. He admits to wishing on his birthday that he had the love that his friends have. He apologizes and lifts his glass to Zara, who leaves.
1:32:35
0:15
Cousin-cousin
Amir, Zara
Joke
As they dance at the reception, Bridget tells Amir, "You should ask me out on a date." He smiles at her and looks askance. "What?" she asks, "It's not like we're related," she smiles at him.

External Links

  1. Kissing Cousins at the Internet Movie Database
  2. Kissing Cousins (film) at Wikipedia