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Ball in the House (2001)

R | | Drama, Comedy | June 2002 (USA)
A troubled 17-year-old struggles to adjust to life after rehab.

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JJ
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Aunt Dot
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Dr. Charlie
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Bull
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Phyllis
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Bobby
Nathan Kiley ...
Benji
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Lizzie
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Uncle Ernie
Greg Sandquist ...
Officer Waters (as Gregory Sandquist)
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Recruiting Officer
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Anchorwoman Cindi
Larry Nash ...
Anchorman Bob
Jonah Marsh ...
AA Woman (as Jonah Lisa Marsh)
Stephen J. Rose ...
AA Man (as Stephen Rose)
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Locked away in a court-ordered drug rehab for six months, fragilely sober JJ White is finally back home, but with family and friends still financially stung from his drug-induced escapades, reactions are mixed and extreme over his return. Most crucial to his maintained recovery, however, is Aunt Dot's new $75,000 life insurance policy drawn up against JJ having a fatal relapse before his eighteenth birthday. With the temptation of money before them, wheels turn, loyalties shift, and clandestine alliances form to ensure that JJ and his new-found sobriety have a short lifespan. Written by statmanjeff

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Misery Loves Family. See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for language, drug and alcohol content, and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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JJ: I've never been so drunk I couldn't drive. I've been so drunk I couldn't climb stairs; I've been so drunk I couldn't get my fly open and instead I tried to pee down my leg through the cuff; but, I've always been able to drive home afterwards. So, I'm pretty cooked... but it's a freeway. Who can fuck up a freeway? I mean you get on the ramp and off you go. But, then, the world's full of assholes and, sure enough, about six miles from my home I net one. He's driving north on the ...
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The Filmmakers Would Like to Thank... John Swan, who was the smartest man in the world See more »

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Cold and Alone
Performed by Tree
Written by Tree
Published by Peachy Music Publishing
Courtesy of Wonderdrug Records
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Strong and depressing
25 August 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie at the Chicago premier. I have to agree with zooeyfan. Extremely powerful amazing performances. Jennifer Tilly is poisonous. Ethan Embry is menacing. Jonathan Tucker is excellent. The cinematography is quite good. But what a bunch of dysfunctional characters, and what a sad movie!


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