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Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)

Absent father, alcoholic brother Tim try to cope with life.

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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A young college student returns from Yale to introduce his fiancée to his family. While there, the relationships between the various family members are tested, and the secrets hidden behind the seemingly "perfect family" front are brought to light. Written by Caleb Spring <crs2481@acs.tamu.edu>

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Features an early, dramatic role by Jim Carrey. See more »

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Lisa Carter: [sniff] I don't, um, I don't understand how anyone could choose to be like this... I'm just... it is not to be understood.
Matt Carter: I didn't choose this. I am this. Mom, I didn't choose to be gay. Do you think I'd choose to be this different from everyone else? That I'd choose to make you and Dad this upset? That I'd choose to lose someone as beautiful and wonderful as Allison? And what about AIDS? I mean, suppose someone wanted to be gay, would they want to be gay now?
Lisa Carter: I don't know. And I don't want to ...
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Went in expecting one thing... coming out with so much more...
5 March 2001 | by (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Some major plot line details are mentioned... don't read any further if you haven't seen this and don't want to spoil the fun.

Okay, I am one of the biggest Jim Carrey fanatics out there. The only reason I bought this movie (on eBay) was to see Jim Carrey in his "first dramatic role". It cost me $26!!! So, obviously, I went in only to see Jim. But then the title character came on, Matt, and I was like, hey, I know him... I like him. And then Laurie Laughlin (Becky from Full House, don't know how to spell her real name) came on, same reaction. And I also recognized the sister and the father. So I was like, hey, maybe it'll even be a good movie anyway.

Well, let me tell you, Jim Carrey was secondary as of twenty minutes into the film. While I wished that Tim would have been a bigger part of the story, I was completely taken into the story of Matt and being gay. I think they tackled the pressures of being gay, and hiding secrets to a "too perfect to be true" family. I think there should have been three storylines...the back stories of the sister and of Tim's were way too big to be back stories... but the movie was already 94 minutes long and I don't think any scenes preexisting should have been taken out... I guess I just think it shoulda been three different movies... I don't know. Every single actor in this movie does a beautiful job. The storys are sympathy envoking and the characters are likable, exept for the mom and for the father until about ten til the end. And speaking of the end... it was too wrapped up for my taste. A little hasty about face for the Father to go through... but anyway, it was a TV movie right?

I definately think this is right up there with Truman Show as far as Jim's acting goes... anyone who says my man can't act can't see. Thanksyou very much!!! ;)

8/10


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