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Wendy
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Sam
Christopher Collet ...
Jake Livingston
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Brian Livingston
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Lisa
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Lee
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Adam
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Mr. Rader
Richard Brandon ...
Alan Livingston (Dad)
Gayle Harbor ...
Joanne
Ellen Barber ...
Wendy's Girlfriend Pat
Richard E. Szlasa ...
Coach Gant
Beverly May ...
Mrs. Mercer
Brian Lima ...
Robby
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Ken
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Because he's the oldest, Jake has been the man of the house, since his parents divorce. When Mom starts seeing Sam, who always seems to be trying some new way to get rich quick, and declares he's the man of the house now, Jake puts up with it. Until he discovers Sam's illegal activities. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Fifteen. At a time when most kids need to dream, Jake Livingston had to wake up. See more »

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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First Born  »

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$6,200,000 (USA)
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Released in the same year as another Michael Apted film about the difficulties of growing up. The difference was that 28 Up (1984) was a highly-acclaimed documentary. See more »

Quotes

Wendy: Kids are cynical these days. It's hip.
Jake: It's not.
Sam: Why don't you tell us whats hip Jake?
Jake: Nothings hip.
Sam: Nothings hip? You mean nothing matters anymore, thats hip? Nothingness is hip?
Jake: Hip isn't HIP anymore.
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No Guarantees
by Alex Blanc (as A. Blanc) and Safeway Goya (as S. Goya)
Performed by The Nobodys
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Paints a good picture of how stress can affect young lives
30 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wendy(Garr) is a single mom raising two boys, Jake(Collett) and Brian(Haim). After seeing that her ex-husband has moved on in his life she gets in a relationship with Sam(Weller).

At first Sam seems to be a nice guy, but that soon changes. He keeps coming up with different ways to make money but never follows through. He moves in with the family way too soon and even starts helping himself to the boys belongings. He invites shady looking friends to the house late at night to have Coke parties and starts to become verbally abusive to all and physically abusive to Wendy. She keeps telling the boys that Sam is trying and to be patient but the stress of this affects the boys as well.

Jake is a great student, athletic and fun-loving. As the stress keeps welling up in him it causes problems in his relationship with his girlfriend Lisa(Jessica-Parker). He becomes verbally abusive to his friends and more aggressive on the Lacrosse field. Up to this point he has been tolerant of his self absorbed, egomaniac teacher but even starts to become defiant with him as well.

Brian avoids home as much as he can and keeps getting into bad fights in school.

When Jake discovers that Sam is trafficking drugs through the house he has finally had enough and takes it upon himself to make a stand.

This movie is a great example of how a bad relationship can cause stress on more than two lives. Stress becomes a trickle down effect and can be very damaging especially to young lives.


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