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A woman witnesses the murder of a prosecutor by a criminal he is trying to convict. She informs the FBI, who then places her and her family in Witness Protection. And their lives are turned upside down. The agent tries to get the criminal but it seems he has someone in the FBI helping him. And when her daughter calls her boyfriend, it places her family in danger. Written by
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Carol Peterson's husband left her 14 years ago, though he got her pregnant when she was 19. With two kids to support, she had to learn to make it on her own, and she has been office manager at a Los Angeles insurance company for nine years. The price she has had to pay is being too busy to spend time with her family. Matt, for example, wins the big basketball game, but she arrives too late to see it happen. Alicia, who will soon turn 18, is too serious about Brian, in her mother's opinion. Of course, Carol is concerned that her daughter will end up like she did.
Carol witnesses the murder of U.S. Attorney Kanagawa by a major drug dealer, Roger Nahanee. Roger and his goons see her license plate, and he seems to have Chloe Sullivan working for him, so Carol and her family are not hard to find. Fortunately, the FBI get Carol and her family out of danger, at least temporarily. They go into the Witness Protection Program and have to change everything about themselves. Naturally, the kids don't like the idea of leaving their friends. Matt can't stand giving up basketball (what high school teams are still playing in April and May?), and Alicia misses Brian terribly.
First, the family ends up in Seattle, where they live in a house the kids consider a dump, though a lot of us live in places like that. I suppose when you've had the best of everything, it's hard to adjust, though surely these kids remember when their family struggled. I had a different image of the Witness Protection Program; Carol (Barbara?) can't even get a good job because she is hiding information about herself.
Mistakes are made. Not just by Matt/Bob and Alicia/Jennifer, who use poor judgment, but also by the FBI. Someone there is on Roger's payroll. So the family must move again, and again. Each time, they conveniently end up near the Canadian border. A look at the closing credits will explain why.
There is occasional excitement, and the final scenes are very exciting indeed.
I have to say the head villain, for all his smarts, uses extraordinarily bad judgment in one scene. Though that scene does manage to add some excitement.
This is nothing spectacular, but it is entertaining. There are funny moments, especially in the scenes where the family members must come up with new identities. There are tender moments such as Alicia's 18th birthday where the family finally gets to be a family, something they have neglected to do with their busy lives.
Brenda Strong is quite good, though I wish I had known it was her. I'm used to only hearing her, and she didn't give that over-the-top performance I'm used to. Elyse Levesque makes a very good whiny teenager. Not annoying at all. Just entertaining. And when given a challenge, she meets it. I wish I could say the same for Brett Dier. He is okay most of the time, but in one challenging scene, he's just annoying.
Jerry Wasserman does a good job as Agent Cloninger, who is in charge of the family's safety and care. Cloninger could have done a better job, but maybe it's not his fault. I guess he has to follow procedure, and procedure seems woefully inadequate.
I didn't catch the name of the most entertaining villain, but since someone said he sounded Russian, I'm going to say Raoul Ganeev. He's very good. A bumbling idiot at times, but also quite scary.
It's as good as your typical TV-movie.
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