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No Laughing Matter (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  1 April 1998 (USA)
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Since 4 year-old Charlie Poleski's dad Matt's death while on police duty, he has been common working mother Emma's pride and joy. She messes up the first meeting with his girlfriend Lauren ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Emma Poleski
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Charlie Poleski
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Lauren Winslow
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Richard Warren
Ann Bosler ...
Corrie
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George Nevi
James Brewster Thompson ...
Daryll Lemay
Brad Slocum ...
Larry
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Janet Winslow
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Robert Winslow
Melissa Pace-Tanner ...
Police Woman (as Melissa Pace)
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Old Cop
Dawn Bluford ...
Sarah
Laraine Mestman ...
Instructor
William Moore ...
Bartender
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Since 4 year-old Charlie Poleski's dad Matt's death while on police duty, he has been common working mother Emma's pride and joy. She messes up the first meeting with his girlfriend Lauren Winslow's rich, posh parents, because of her recurring drinking problem. Charlie single-handedly get her sober and into AA, just in time to stand a chance of keeping her office job. Charlie's father's police friend, Richard Warren, becomes her lover and his mentor. Alas, Chad and Lauren also find themselves in another tough situation which changes everything. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and thematic elements involving alcoholism and teen pregnancy | See all certifications »
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Average "don't do it" movie
3 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I ran across this movie on a boring TV night, and continued watching it only for "Charlie" (Chad Christ) who was quite handsome for a TV movie character... The film was about the lives of Charlie and his mom (Suzanne Somers) who was suffering from a *major* drinking problem. Charlie's sole purpose in life was to go to Yale, but as usual, life didn't go quite the way he expected...

I found the mom's drinking parts overly exaggerated and also the fact Chad's girlfriend stayed with them for so long without her parents giving a damn. Well, I can't say this movie was that bad, but it certainly wasn't the type of film that would drive people away from alcohol or make them start using condoms or any other educational merits. Usual made-for-TV corn, 6/10.


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