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Terror in the Family (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 16 April 1996
The portrait of a dysfunctional Nineties suburban family, where behind closed doors, alcohol and rebellion are hidden among the lie of perfection. 15-year-old Deena's sleazy, twisted boyfriend is believed - at first - to be the cause.

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Gregory Goodell

Writer:

Gregory Goodell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kerns ... Cynthia Marten
Dan Lauria ... Todd Marten
Hilary Swank ... Deena Marten
Andrew Kavovit ... Garret Lexau (as Andy Kavovit)
Adam Hendershott ... Adam Marten
Nan Martin ... Ivy
Beau Billingslea ... Judge Roubal
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Judith
Jeff Olsen Jeff Olsen ... Mr. Pilney
Barta Heiner Barta Heiner ... D.A. Pearlman
Joey Miyashima ... Attorney
Lynne Gale Lynne Gale ... Therapist Wendy Tremaine
Margo Swena O'Very Margo Swena O'Very ... Dr. Miller
Craig Clyde ... Police Officer
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Neighbor
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Storyline

15 year old Deena Marten wants the same freedom every teenager craves. But when she can't have her way, her rebellious temperament erupts in violence. Her parents, Cynthia and Todd, fear her new boyfriend, Garret, 17, is the cause. Distraught, Cynthia turns to alcohol, and Todd escapes in his work. They're unaware their Boy Scout son Adam, 13, sips from a vodka bottle hidden in his bedroom. And the problems in this dysfunctional family continue to worsen. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Imagine, the child you love the most... becoming the person you fear the most.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in the Family See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Joanna Kerns' first television movie for the Fox network. See more »

Quotes

Todd Marten: No homework, just a bunch of F's and "incompletes."
Cynthia Marten: [Showing Todd the bag of Marijuana] Look at this. 15 years old.
Todd Marten: I didn't try this stuff till I was in coll...
Cynthia Marten: Shh.
[Hearing the door opens, and closes. Cynthia turns off the light]
Todd Marten: No.
Cynthia Marten: What are you doing? She'll go ballistic if she find us in here.
Todd Marten: I told you, I'm gonna call the police.
Cynthia Marten: Todd, you can't do that. We'll have half the neighborhood standing on our front -
[Deena is back home and sees her mom and dad in her room]
[...]
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Better than average for Lifetime
31 May 2005 | by mgconlanSee all my reviews

I was curious about this as an early credit for Hillary Swank, and if I were she and someone mentioned this movie in my presence I'd probably be thinking, "I'm a big movie star now, I've won two Academy Awards, I should be allowed to forget credits like that." Truth be told, though, it's a better than average Lifetime movie and Swank acquits herself marvelously in it as the rebellious teenage girl whose violent relations with her family open a lot of old wounds going back three generations. This has some of the usual Lifetime weaknesses — melodramatic plot construction, an overly reverential attitude towards psychotherapy, sappy piano-and-strings background music (they must have a library of millions of these records) and a limp excuse for punk rock allegedly performed by Garrett's band, as well as the obligatory soft-core porn scene — but it's also solidly acted by a tight ensemble cast, it's all too believable despite the melodramatics, and Gregory Goodell has a visual sense far ahead of most of the Lifetime directors.


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