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Terror in the Family (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  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 ...
Attorney
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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16 April 1996 (USA)  »

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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 cases resolved.
Todd Marten: Your Honor, if I can say something? I don't thing 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 until the ...
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Nothing great
28 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie is an alright TV movie. Nothing spectacular but I could watch it again.

Hilary Swank plays a teen who becomes aggressive and violent with her family. Between the constant bickering at home, and running away to spend time with her boyfriend, her life turns out to be more than she can handle.

Swank acts out the role very well but at times her character becomes a little too annoying to handle. Joanna Kerns plays the alcoholic mother who just can't seem to control her daughter as it seems like she's always the one getting knocked around. Kerns is believable as an alcoholic but tries to be a little too complex for her role. Dan Lauria plays the distant father. He acts a little better than Kerns and his character doesn't involve too many sentimental moments, so it's easier to handle him. Everyone else does a good job.

The plot is good but it tends to drag on a little too long. Half of the film could have been cut and it wouldn't have made a difference. After two or three scenes of seeing Swank become violent with her parents, I wanted to turn it off. But I didn't. The ending was alright but like I said, it dragged on and on.

Overall, this is a good TV movie. If you're in the situation like the family that the story revolves around, you might want to watch this.


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