ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 6, Episode 6

Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me (5 Apr. 1978)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Comedy | Drama
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 20 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Adolescent girl is ashamed to introduce her friends to her parents because they are deaf.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me (05 Apr 1978)

Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me (05 Apr 1978) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of ABC Afterschool Specials.
« Previous Episode | 39 of 156 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
Charlie Meredith
...
Ruth Meredith
Stephen Elliott ...
Dan Meredith
Eric Scott ...
David
Wendy Rastattar ...
Joyce
Noelle North ...
Alice
Susan Myers ...
Martha
David Hollander ...
Hughie
Victoria Shaw ...
Mrs. Egan
Loretta Lottman ...
Mrs. Wagner
Edit

Storyline

Adolescent girl is ashamed to introduce her friends to her parents because they are deaf.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 April 1978 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Quick comment
22 May 2001 | by (Motown) – See all my reviews

Since many people have either not seen this TV movie, or won't admit they did, I'll step up to the plate.

No joke, I saw this "Afterschool Special" today. It was a little over the top, but most Afterschool Specials were (I guess they did that to make sure us bad asses paid attention so we stayed in the house and out of trouble).

Basic story: Young girl is growing up. Parents (who are deaf, by the way) don't want to young girl to grow up. Parents realize that they can't stop their child from growing, and decide it's ok that she does. Credits roll as they all get in the car to rub elbows at a party. The end.

Ok, I'm a sap, I sobbed towards the end when Dan gave the Charlie the gift from her mother. It was very touching.

Why were the parents deaf? I don't think that matters. The premise of story is that there's a time when parents and children don't see eye to eye, particularly during their child's teenage years. Charlie made it a point to say that her parents act like they don't have any idea about what's going on nowadays (Note: Remember this movie was made in 1978, so keep that in mind). And in an ironic twist, not only did her parents not hear the many sides of her story, they couldn't hear her (literally). Interesting, isn't it? I thought so. As I stated earlier, it's over the top (the cheese factor is high), but I think the story made a valid introspective about child/parent relations.

Priscilla Pointer and Stephen Elliott were excellent as overbearing yet concerned parental units and Rosanna Arquette was fabu as Charlie, a young woman who loved her parents but wanted to find herself. By the way, Rosanna fans (who haven't already seen this movie) may want to pick it up because Rosanna was simply stunning. I think she's pretty, but in her youth, she was utterly gorgeous. Her smile illuminates the tiny rooms of her fabricated movie-set dwellings.

If you do view this movie, watch for the scene were Rosanna yells at her on-screen parents -- through sign language. It's right after her mother looks at Charlie's face full of makeup.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Adam Sandler Drug Dealer? Showmanrox
The Pinballs seas286
Psssssst... Hammerman's After You!!! OKCRay
Nazis? Ozymandias1
ABC AfterSchool and ABC Weekend Specials AnikaMarie
Old Woman Stood Up by Cruel Kids - Episode Title? implode-2
Discuss Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?