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Ball in the House (2001)

A troubled 17-year-old struggles to adjust to life after rehab.

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Matthew Swan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Tucker ... JJ
Jennifer Tilly ... Aunt Dot
David Strathairn ... Dr. Charlie
Dan Moran ... Bull
Deirdre O'Connell ... Phyllis
Ethan Embry ... Bobby
Nathan Kiley Nathan Kiley ... Benji
Aleksa Palladino ... Lizzie
Larry Neumann Jr. ... Uncle Ernie
Greg Sandquist Greg Sandquist ... Officer Waters (as Gregory Sandquist)
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Recruiting Officer
Amy Zimmerman Amy Zimmerman ... Anchorwoman Cindi
Larry Nash Larry Nash ... Anchorman Bob
Jonah Lisa Dyer Jonah Lisa Dyer ... AA Woman (as Jonah Lisa Marsh)
Stephen J. Rose 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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Home Sweet Home Is Murder. See more »

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

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Language:

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Release Date:

June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Relative Evil See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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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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Palace of Trials
Performed by Cell-flo featuring Sabina Sciubba
Written by Kevin Salem & Brian Kelly
Published by Van Rier Music & Edelweis Music
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An amazing movie that no one will see
4 March 2003 | by langolier9See all my reviews

This is one of those little movies that you leave just shaking your head thinking, `this is probably the best movie playing in this theatre right now, too bad no one will ever get to see it.' Personally, I just happened by it when my girlfriend convinced me to go to an Independent Film Festival. This has got to be the most independent film I have ever seen, I even got to ask the director the question, `what are you going to do to get this movie out there.'

Not all movies need a lot of money to tell a great and touching story. I was consumed by this tale of a 17-year-old boy struggling with alcohol addiction. His family is not just a bunch of stereotypes placed there to progress the story, they, along with everyone else, have the feeling of real people. You will not predict how this movie will end but, then again, you'll never get the chance to watch it.


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