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The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)

A teenage girl sees a photograph of herself one day in the school cafeteria - on a Missing Persons column on the side of a milk carton. But her beloved parents would never kidnap anyone and there's a deeper mystery ahead.

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A girl happens to look down at a milk carton one day and she sees herself on the back! Her life gets more stressful as she tries to hide the secret from her parents who she knows couldn't have kidnapped her. Written by Katie <Katie185@aol.com>

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In the book "The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney, Janie's birth name is Jennie Spring and her adopted name is Janie Johnson. See more »

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Stephen Sands: You're going back to the Jessmons?
Jennifer Sands/Janie Jessmon: I don't have a home there anymore. I don't have a home anywhere. It's like I can't go back and I can't go forward. Do you ever feel like that?
Stephen Sands: All the time.
Jennifer Sands/Janie Jessmon: I'm sorry I'm not the sister you wanted.
Stephen Sands: No. You are. It was me. I-I was the one that lost you.
Jennifer Sands/Janie Jessmon: What?
Stephen Sands: I was supposed to hold your hand that day, the day you got kidnapped, and... all I did was push you down... and walk away. And when I looked back... you were gone.
Jennifer Sands/Janie Jessmon: Stephen... Stephen, you were five years ...
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not as good as the book, but not a bad adaptation

I may be a bit biased, since the book has always been one of my favorites, but many little descrepencies between the book and movie bugged me. Although Kellie Martin is a great actress, she was way too old to be Janie! She was 20, whereas Janie is supposed to be barely 16! Reese is supposed to be older, more mature, and he looks 3 years younger! Especially since it had to be packed into two hours, everything was rushed, and neither set of parents' characters were developed, nor did the relationship between Janie and Reese seem believable.

I don't think there was enough background in the family relationships to make it a tear-jerker, but over-all, despite the little mistakes, it was a good TV movie. 7/10


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