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Terror in the Family (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 16 April 1996
15 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, Cynthia and Todd, fear ... See full summary »

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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 Roubal
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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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15 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, Cynthia and Todd, fear her new boyfriend, Garret, 17, is the cause. Distraught, Cynthia 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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Drama | Romance

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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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Todd Marten: I don't know what we're do. We tried everything. She's out of control, she breaks things, she hits her mother.
Police Officer: May I have your hand?
Todd Marten: Uh, that was an accident. Look, if you can just get that knife away from her, calm her down, I'm sure we can.
[the policeman caught and bring Deena downstairs. The Police Officer is writing a report. But Todd is here and have found her]
Todd Marten: We're taking you to the hospital.
Police Officer: No, you're not. She's under arrest.
Todd Marten: Arrest, for what?
Police Officer: Assault.
Todd Marten: Uh, now, wait a minute, wait a ...
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Joanna Kerns makes the movie watchable...Worth a shot-
22 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The subject matter is not just about a violent teen (Hillary Swank) but what got her that way. The title is misleading, sounds more like a serial killer type movie.

Kerns does well, portraying a housewife with a distant husband, drinking too much (as it turns out her mother, portrayed by Nan Martin, liked using physical force to keep the kids in line). Dan Lauria is the father, who prefers woodworking in the basement to avoid addressing the issues. There was also a similar film on Lifetime with Delta Burke and Ryan Merriman: "Child of Rage"; it presented this problem in a clearer light- and the audience learns that teen violence against parents is not unusual. There are also many different causes, and it does not happen in a vacuum.

This movie has Swank as the root of the problem, until the very end where it is clear her mother (Kerns) was raised by an abusive mother. This issue should have been developed more. Also the faltering marriage issue was never addressed; Kathleen Wilhoite is Kern's sister, who has some insight about the problem, and is all but ignored throughout the film. The other adults who contribute to the problem do not admit it until the last five minutes of the film, where everyone except the abusive grandma goes to therapy.

Worth a shot if you at least have an interest in what causes teens to act out, and why alcoholism exists.


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