Drug addiction treatment center for teenagers where the counselors are ex-addicts themselves.

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Kim
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Luis
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Vonette
Cal Evans ...
Rick
Stefanie Nichols ...
Patti (as Stephanie Nichols)
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Dr. Rolo DeVito
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Mrs. Jackson
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Mr. Jackson
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Elanor Prosky
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Marshall Lapidus
Suzanne Kent ...
Sarah Lapidus
Timothy Blake ...
Bonnie Hoyt
Melinda Cordell ...
Gloria Matthews
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This movie is about life inside a chemical-dependency unit for teens. A new teen Jeff Hoyt is 16 years old. He won't admit his addiction. He can't believe he's in this unit, dressed in pajamas and listening to losers. His life depends on it. The losers are fellow teens in various stages of the 28 day program. Written by Lee Bartholomew <PatrynXX@aol.com>

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Drama | Family | Romance

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28 March 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Well-meant, and Drew is good
16 April 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Before this afternoon special aired on television, much of the publicity made it seem like the mini-movie would be a highly-charged, no-holds-barred drug-drama in the vein of "Scared Straight!" It's not. It's a too-tidy examination of troubled teens in rehab, getting counseling for their problems and learning from tragedy. The best sequence in the film, where the kids confront their parents, features some very forceful acting by Drew Barrymore (at this point in her life experiencing much of these problems for real), but Tatum O'Neal is incredibly stiff and unsure as an ex-addict/counselor, David Birney colorless as the mediator, and Corey Feldman...well, acts like Corey Feldman (he doesn't do his Michael Jackson impersonation but his long, jet-black hair is embarrassing). Minor offering was built up in the press to be something extra special, but it was almost immediately forgotten. Certainly it meant well, and maybe it helped somebody out there.


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