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Staying Together (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 November 1989 (USA)
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The complacent life of three small town brothers is shattered when their father sells the family business from under them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan McDermott
Nancy Trainer
Eileen McDermott
Jake McDermott
Denny Stockton
Lois Cook
Kit McDermott
Brian McDermott
Kevin Burley
Beverly Young
Beth Harper
Ryan Hill ...
Demetri Harper
Rick Marshall ...
Michael Burgess ...
Leon Joseph Pinner ...


Jake McDermott, after 25 years running a fast food business, proclaims one morning that he's hated dealing with chickens the entire time and has finally sold the family restaurant. For his three sons, who counted on taking it over someday, this comes as a shock and begins to break apart their family. No longer big, carefree fish in a small pond, will the boys manage to rearrange their lives and reconcile with their parents? Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Boy's Life  »

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Jake McDermott: Why don't you just set some of this stuff down, and we'll go in the TV room and close the door, and we'll have it out.
Brian McDermott: Live in your own world, Dad. I don't have time to waste.
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Performed by Paul Cotton
Courtesy of Existia, Inc.
Written by Richard Feldman and Peter Beckett
Published by Irving Music, Inc. on behalf of itself and Long Range Music (BMI), ORCA Songs (ASCAP), Pennystamp Music (BMI)
Produced by Richard Feldman
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Well-acted by annoyingly predictable
27 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it originally played in theatres back in 1989. I remember being VERY underwhelmed by it. I walked out thinking "oh--I've just seen another movie".

It's the story of three brothers growing up and having to deal with various crises. The problem is that ALL the plot lines have been done before...and better. I always knew how the stories were going to end and, to make it worse, the film drags everything out. Everything is done so quietly and in a matter of fact manner. Even when people were yelling or telling each other off it came across as strangely muted. The only thing that saves the film is that all the acting is good. Sean Astin and Dermot Mulroney especially stood out (and have gone on to successful careers). It's not a terrible film just a very predictable one with nothing new to say or add.

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