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Ball in the House (2001)

R | | Drama, Comedy | June 2002 (USA)
A troubled 17-year-old struggles to adjust to life after rehab.

Director:

Tanya Wexler

Writer:

Matthew Swan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Tucker ... JJ
Jennifer Tilly ... Aunt Dot
David Strathairn ... Dr. Charlie
Dan Moran ... Bull
Deirdre O'Connell ... Phyllis
Ethan Embry ... Bobby
Nathan Kiley Nathan Kiley ... Benji
Aleksa Palladino ... Lizzie
Larry Neumann Jr. ... Uncle Ernie
Greg Sandquist Greg Sandquist ... Officer Waters (as Gregory Sandquist)
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Recruiting Officer
Amy Zimmerman Amy Zimmerman ... Anchorwoman Cindi
Larry Nash Larry Nash ... Anchorman Bob
Jonah Lisa Dyer Jonah Lisa Dyer ... AA Woman (as Jonah Lisa Marsh)
Stephen J. Rose Stephen J. Rose ... AA Man (as Stephen Rose)
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Storyline

Locked away in a court-ordered drug rehab for six months, fragilely sober JJ White is finally back home, but with family and friends still financially stung from his drug-induced escapades, reactions are mixed and extreme over his return. Most crucial to his maintained recovery, however, is Aunt Dot's new $75,000 life insurance policy drawn up against JJ having a fatal relapse before his eighteenth birthday. With the temptation of money before them, wheels turn, loyalties shift, and clandestine alliances form to ensure that JJ and his new-found sobriety have a short lifespan. Written by statmanjeff

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Home Sweet Home Is Murder. See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for language, drug and alcohol content, and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Relative Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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| (Ontario)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color
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Quotes

[first lines]
JJ: I've never been so drunk I couldn't drive. I've been so drunk I couldn't climb stairs; I've been so drunk I couldn't get my fly open and instead I tried to pee down my leg through the cuff; but, I've always been able to drive home afterwards. So, I'm pretty cooked... but it's a freeway. Who can fuck up a freeway? I mean you get on the ramp and off you go. But, then, the world's full of assholes and, sure enough, about six miles from my home I net one. He's driving north on the ...
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The Filmmakers Would Like to Thank... John Swan, who was the smartest man in the world See more »

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The New You
Performed by The Busy Signals
Written by Howard W. Hamilton III
Published by Busysigsongs
Courtesy of Sugar Free Records
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Strong and depressing
25 August 2002 | by boberckSee all my reviews

I saw the movie at the Chicago premier. I have to agree with zooeyfan. Extremely powerful amazing performances. Jennifer Tilly is poisonous. Ethan Embry is menacing. Jonathan Tucker is excellent. The cinematography is quite good. But what a bunch of dysfunctional characters, and what a sad movie!


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