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It Ain't Love (1997)

Most Americans have heard of domestic violence -particularly after the O. J. Simpson case- but few know this same kind of trouble can affect teen relationships. It Ain't Love follows the ... See full summary »


Susan Todd, Andrew Young
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Credited cast:
Susan Biderman-Montez ... Herself (as Susan Montez)
Scott Burke Scott Burke ... Abusive boyfriend
Cati Faustino Cati Faustino ... Abused girlfriend
Rosemary Gomez Rosemary Gomez ... Abused girlfriend
Carlos Medina Carlos Medina ... Abusive boyfriend
Amaris Mesa Amaris Mesa ... Abused girlfriend
Aisha Scott Aisha Scott ... Abused girlfriend
Eric Scott Eric Scott ... Abusive boyfriend
Irene Torres Irene Torres ... Abused girlfriend
Brian Treglio Brian Treglio ... Abusive boyfriend


Most Americans have heard of domestic violence -particularly after the O. J. Simpson case- but few know this same kind of trouble can affect teen relationships. It Ain't Love follows the young, spirited members of FACES, a gutsy improv theater company, combining acting and therapy, known for "telling it like it is". Given three months to create a show about abusive relationships, the kids, aged 15-24, start by boldly exploring their own love lives. Intense reenactments bring the violence they've experienced and inflicted dramatically to life. Brian acts out a night when he punched his girlfriend in the face and then blamed it on being drunk. When Amares' boyfriend chokes her, it brings back memories of her father battering her mother. Nearly everyone has had some sort of an abusive relationship, and now the guys who abused and the girls who have been abused are forced to reckon with each other, sometimes very loudly. The process is both exhilarating and painful but the members of ... Written by Andrew Young

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29 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Explores teen relationship violence
26 March 2005 | by smontezcswSee all my reviews

"It Ain't Love," is a documentary following a teen theater group from Brooklyn, FACES- Maimonides Theater Network for Teens, as they struggle with the issue of teen relationship violence. The film honestly reflects the groups difficulties in examining their own experiences with this type of violence and their efforts to heal themselves and educate others as they create a show on the subject.

The film received many awards, was funded by the United States Department of Justice and is required viewing in many High Schools around the country. It is still considered the premiere film on the subject. It is used by groups of all ages and reflects the pain and fear involved in such relationships.

The FACES group continues to use scenes created during the making of the film to this day. They have been invited to tour the country and Germany based on the power of the message.

The film can be purchased for $20.00 through the FACES group. The film was produced by Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco through Olmos Productions

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