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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Kiley ...
Uncle Ernie
Greg Sandquist ...
Officer Waters (as Gregory Sandquist)
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ...
Recruiting Officer
Amy Zimmerman ...
Anchorwoman Cindi
Larry Nash ...
Anchorman Bob
Jonah Lisa Dyer ...
AA Woman (as Jonah Lisa Marsh)
Stephen J. Rose ...
AA Man (as Stephen Rose)


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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Rated R for language, drug and alcohol content, and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »


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[first lines]
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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A Skeleton on Display
Performed by Now It's Overheard
Written by Andy LeMaster
Published by Miligrams of Music
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Great film--fantastic writing
25 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a great movie--rent it on DVD as fast as you can....The acting is superb, and the writing is some of the best I've seen in years. Nothing rings false, which is rare in my experience. Jonathan Tucker, David Strathairn, and Jennifer Tilly all give true performances, and Ethan Embry is perfect. The setting--the locations--the music--all add to the atmosphere and pull you in till you can't look away. I want to see this movie again in the theaters, but I'll have to make do with the DVD for now... Never predictable, and achingly funny and sad at the same time. See this movie--if you have to go out in the freezing cold snow right now!!

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