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Terror in the Family (1996)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 April 1996 (USA)
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Fifteen-year-old Deena Marten wants the same freedom every teenager craves. But when she can't have her way, her rebellious temperament erupts in violence. Her parents, Stephanie and Todd, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cynthia Marten
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Todd Marten
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Deena Marten
Andrew Kavovit ...
Garrett (as Andy Kavovit)
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Adam Marten
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Ivy
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Judge
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Judith
Jeff Olsen ...
Mr. Pilney
Barta Heiner ...
Dist. Atty. Pearlman
Joey Miyashima ...
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Lynne Gale ...
Therapist
Margo Swena O'Very ...
Dr. Miller
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Police Officer
Scott Wilkinson ...
Neighbor
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Fifteen-year-old Deena Marten wants the same freedom every teenager craves. But when she can't have her way, her rebellious temperament erupts in violence. Her parents, Stephanie and Todd, fear her new boyfriend, Garret, 17, is the cause. Distraught, Stephanie turns to alcohol, and Todd escapes in his work. They're unaware their Boy Scout son Adam, 13, sips from a vodka bottle hidden in his bedroom. And the problems in this dysfunctional family continue to worsen. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Imagine, the child you love the most... becoming the person you fear the most.

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Terror Em Família  »

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Actor Ryan Mouritsen (featured) was still living in Sandy, Utah while working on this production. He used to visit Hollywood to stay for visits to work on productions while networking and helping on TV and film productions. Sometimes, he did extra work too. This film and the positive experiences helped him to decide to move to Hollywood in 1998 and pursue his career goals. See more »

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Judge: You're being charged with the assault, too. That's a felony. It's a very serious charge. Since this is your first offense, I don't want to keep you in detention, but the situation has your home is far too volatile for me to send you back until the case is resolved.
Todd Marten: Uh, your Honor, if I could say something? I don't think Deena was trying hit her mother with the telephone. I think was trying to...
Judge: I don't want to hear about that now. I'm only interested whether I should keep Deena in detention ...
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These patterns repeat!
20 July 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Hilary Swank is obviously a very good actress, but her casting here presents a problem: as a rebellious suburban teen with an anger management problem, Swank isn't too convincing as a malicious liar and conniver. This pedantic TV-made drama hopes to show how some parents attempt to substitute personal problems or an estranged marriage by turning their kids into pals (instead of helping them become responsible people). It has many intense moments of family conflict, yet Swank is too clean-cut, too brainy and well-wrought as a person to match up with this mercurial character. As her parents, Joanna Kerns and Dan Lauria have some very fine scenes, but Kerns (playing an alcoholic) is given too many not-so-subtle "sipping her wine" close-ups, and this particular needy mom (whose own mother was abusive–-these patterns repeat!) isn't quite convincing either: she seems to go downhill awfully fast (after the obligatory 'fixing dinner' scenes) and her background and relationship with her sister is left too vague. The melodramatic music score is obtrusive and obnoxious, underlining every emotion to the nth-degree and signaling the traumas far in advance. However, for a television film the narrative is tight and, after a poor opening (including a tatty flashback frame, the kind that never works), the movie improves and does try to solve its dilemmas carefully without too much hand-holding.


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