A family is pushed to its limits when one of the daughters' lives is blighted by an eating disorder.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frannie Hunter
Shelly Hunter
David Hunter
Jodi Pape ...
Alec McClure ...
Jack Mather ...
Grandpa Max
Gordon Jocelyn ...
Jim Fowler ...
Dr. Bryan Thompson
Nikki Barnett ...
Bernadette (as Nikki Barnette)
Jennifer Ross ...
Sarah (as Mary Colin Chisholm)
Laura Horner ...


The Hunter family is dominated by endless, extreme dieting, due to mother's frustration over a fat-making upbringing by her parents. One daughter rebels to have a life as a nurse, but feels guilty. Then her perfect-considered sister, a workaholic law student, has to be interned for an eating disorder. After mother resists therapy, demanding her release home, a fatal incident occurs and the parents' marriage is wrecked. The surviving sister is consumed by guilty feelings, like the mother, and breaks up her relationship with a young doctor at the clinic, yet lets her grandfather set up dates with his buddy's grandson Charlie, a lawyer. Written by KGF Vissers

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It's hard to feel normal when you are trying to be perfect.



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13 January 2003 (USA)  »

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As good as can be expected
3 February 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This movie was based on Jillian Medoff's 1997 520-page novel by the same name. The book told a beautiful, realistic story. Making it into a movie, especially a TV movie (not that they would ever release a film about eating disorders in theaters), was not a good idea. So much of the story was cut out. If I had only seen the movie and not read the book, I would have hated it. But it some ways it was nice seeing a favorite book of mine brought to life. I would have to say that was the only reason I liked this movie at all. Well, the acting was pretty good, I'll give you that. One thing I didn't like was the writers' attempt to address an issue relating to eating disorders that was not an issue at the time the book was written, and therefore was obviously not part of the book. That was the issue of pro-anorexia websites, the whole "anorexic and proud" mentality. Whether or not this is an important issue is another matter, but it was not part of the book and therefore should not have been included in the movie. The cut so much of the story out, just to add in something that wasn't originally there. I'd say this is worth checking out if you've read and liked the book, otherwise, skip it.

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