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this movie is about the all american family with the perfect kids.jimmy is the all round athletic boy who seems to be really troubled. his parents don't ever seem to notice. from the beginning of the movie, it was very clear that this kid had some serious emotional problems. for example, stopping his car in the woods and crying. that was just really sad. some kids believe suicide is the only way out of their problems. ITS NOT!! the movie deals with the ther trials and tribulations a family has to deal with when suicide happens. i reccomend this for teens (like myself)to watch because teens are very vulnerable to to the "good idea" of suicide. this movie will make someone who is thinking about it change their mind. just rememember if you change your mind after it is done, ther is no turning back. all in all ******** out of **********
This movie is one of many that have been made on the subject of suicide as seen from the survivors' point of view. I think that this one portrays it more realistically than a lot of the other ones. We see the family fighting about what they could have done and who's to blame. It is not another one of those movies where the family just suddenly becomes closer to each other, no matter what was going on before. I think that Meredith Baxter did an excellent job portraying the distraught mother. The rest of the cast was as well.
Well, I must say that this movie made me realize that going to church (for me) will never be quite the same... Ahem. OK, so ORDINARILY, I wouldn't be moved by Peter Facinelli due to his role in CANT.. however, I cried like a freaking baby during this movie. The two scenes that did it for me, was when he ditched school to cry in the woods, and when his family was singing HOW GREAT THOU ART as he shot himself. He actually depicted a nice guy I could feel sorry for. Call me a sap for a cliche lifetime movie. It's 24 hours later, and I'm still sad. I want to know why he did it, if it was only school/friend stuff that depressed him. SOmeone tell me. love to jimmy.
The film tells the story of a deeply troubled Teen Jimmy who is emotionally
and mentally unstable, so much so that he Kills himself with a gun to the
head while his family is in Church.
the acting by Meredith Baxter and Bruce Davison is wonderful you really
feel for them as well as the two younger children.
JimmY's family were not aware of his problems which made it even
worse for them when he died.
The film portrays from the 'survivors' point of view who have
to go on living without a precious loved one - The mother (Baxter) deals
with her grief by bottling it up inside eventually alienating herself from
her husband and younger children, The parents marrage suffers and so do the
children as a result.
I believe this movie was shown in American High Schools to show the effects of suicide on the rest of the family
It's not laugh a minute as you can probably tell, but it is a wonderfully acted but sad tale of a family tearing itself apart following the death of a Teenage son.
7/10 (better than average TV Movie)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Sound format: Mono
A middle-class family is devastated when the eldest son (Peter Facinelli) commits suicide for no apparent reason.
Sad little TV drama, an acting showcase for Meredith Baxter as the hard-working mom whose life is turned upside down by her son's unexpected death. Struggling to keep her family together in the midst of tragedy (husband Bruce Davison is a basket case, and the remaining children - Ryan Slater and Mae Whitman - are too young to grasp the enormity of the situation), she fails to grieve properly, leading to all manner of emotional complications. Director Glenn Jordan - an old hand at this sort of thing - makes the most of Judith Fein's routine script (co-written with Cynthia Saunders), which provides no conclusive explanation for the inexplicable sadness that drives Facinelli to desperate measures; the suicide sequence itself is a heartbreaker. See also Piers Haggard's SURVIVING (1985), which explores similar territory with greater dramatic success.
I don't have any qualms either with admitting that I cried like a baby during this film. Everything about it was so "real" that it seemed like the family had actually lost their son to that suicide. The part of the denying mother Maggie, and the family's suffering and healing was very genuine also. This was an excellent film on the subject. I've seen the '80s film "Silence of the Heart" about a teenaged boy's suicide, but it doesn't compare with this one. I liked it very much, but I don't think my eyes could handle a second viewing.
I saw this film in health class. And I have to disagree with the previous comment. I'm not some ditzy teenager. I happen to be one of the best students in my school for the past 2 years I've got nothing but A's. I thought that the movie portrayed the life and death of a depressed teen very well. They also showed how it affects the people around the person. Many times with problems like these that our society faces, not everything is put out there and students as well as adults don't see the big picture. I think more movies like this could help us.
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***SPOILERS*** Sad but touching made for TV movie involving teenage
suicide and it's effects on the person's-who killed himself-family and
As both his parents Maggie & Sam Stapp, Meredith Baxter & Bruce Davison, thought their 18 year-old son Jimmy, Peter Facinelli, had everything going for him in school where he's a straight A student and on his high school soccer team where he's the star player. Both of Jimmy's parents didn't quite notice the sever depression that Jimmy was going through until it was too late. That's when Jimmy took his dad's licensed .38 caliber handgun loaded it with ammunition, that he bought at the local sporting good store, and quietly blew his brains out, This while his parents as well as little sister Rosie, Mea Withman, and brother Billy, Ryan Slater, were attending Sunday Church services!
In trying to cope with his great loss Jimmy's father Sam Stapp just went into a shell in him not as much as going outside to buy the groceries or newspaper. That had Jimmy's mother Maggie become not only the breadwinner for the Stapp family but psychiatrist, in looking after her almost helpless husband Sam, as well. It was Maggie's reluctance to face the truth about her dead son Jimmy in that he in fact killed himself not that he died due to an accidentally shooting, as Maggie always insisted, kept both her and Sam, as well as little Rosie and Billy, from excepting the reality of Jimmy's emotional problems that lead to his suicide.
The truth about what made Jimmy kill himself came out in Maggie trying to blame the very people, at school, who tried to help Jimmy while he was still alive: His teacher Susan Johnson, Tina Lifford and school principle Mr. Davies, Raye Birk, as well as his school appointed psychiatrist Dr. Walters, Zeljko Ivanek. It turned out that Jimmy was just giving up on his schoolwork and his training for the school soccer team and going into a deep depression. It's never explained in the film what made Jimmy act this way only that he seemed to have suffered from burn out in trying to please his parents and make them proud of him. Even the letters that his teacher and principle sent to his parents were intercepted by Jimmy who forged his mom's signature making it look like she, and Sam, got word about her very troubled son.
It took a lot for Maggie to accept her son's Jimmy's suicide which almost wrecked her family with Sam and the kids, Rosie & Billy, at one point in the movie leaving Maggie in order to get away from her constant quarrels with them over Jimmy. With Sam's insistence Maggie was finally persuaded, after at first refusing, to get help by attending a support group of persons who lost a loved one because of them killing themselves that had her overcome Jimmy's tragic death.
The death of someone close to you is tragic enough but when that person took his, or her, own life makes it that much worse. Maggie in her effort to convince herself that her son's death was somehow an accident didn't help her in the fact, suicide or not, that he was no longer with her. It also made her husband Sam an emotional cripple in, by her constantly hinting at it, that it was his gun that caused Jimmy's, either suicide or accidental shooting, death. It was with the help of Sam and the people in the support group that Maggie finally accepted Jimmy's killing himself and thus was able to put it behind her and go out and face what the future held for her.
I came across this movie on the lifetime network. I found the performance
of Meredith Baxter as the mother dealing with her son's suicide very
compelling. This movie showed what suicide does to a family...and the
you have to take to rebuild your family when it has been so horribly torn
I think overall this was a very good movie and would recommend this tv movie.
After Jimmy was a movie that all parents should watch. There are so many teenage suicides, and this movie shows a family who didn't have a clue as to WHY Jimmy decided to end his life. It shows the aftermath of a family, and how each family member is affected. Meredith Baxter and Bruce Davison were superb as the parents. The children were also excellent in their parts. A movie worth watching, and a movie about a subject parents should definitely be aware of.
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