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Bright Alex grows up in Michigan proud of his mother, Romanian immigrant Ileana, who became a professor, vowing to make her dream come true by graduating from Harvard. But when mother ... See full summary »

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... Ileana
... Alex Chivescu
... Suzanne Bante
... Jim Bante
... Jen Bante
... Lucy
Dee Jay Jackson ... Henry
Collin MacKechnie ... Alex at 10
... Carlos (as Rafael Pellerin)
... Danny
... Mrs. Edinger
... Carl Dawson
... Brent Feldman
... Ellen
... Darrel DeNova
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Bright Alex grows up in Michigan proud of his mother, Romanian immigrant Ileana, who became a professor, vowing to make her dream come true by graduating from Harvard. But when mother becomes manic-depressive and repeatedly dumps her medication, Alex each time lands in foster care. At age 16, he gets legal emancipation and vows to take charge of their lives himself. Written by KGF Vissers

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High School student determined to get ahead
6 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Some heart-wrenching scenes toward the beginning of this Hallmark movie. Also no big names co-starring in this, so this one has to stand on its own merits, and it does a pretty good job! Alex's mom (Kim Delaney, who is also the producer...) develops psychological disorders, and bounces in and out of treatment facilities. Alex (Jared Abrahamson) is a smart guy, and is working on getting into Harvard, but his home life is really interfering. He meets fellow students who befriend him and help him try to continue on with his goal. What I like about this story is that it has mostly good, competent acting, and doesn't rely on having a big name "guest star" to attract viewers.

There are some minor errors and so-so scenes here and there, but overall, an interesting, believable story. Strong performance by Raf Rogers, who plays "Carlos", Alex's roomie at one of the homes. Also by DeeJay Jackson (Henry, the driver) who has been in TONS of things since the 1980s. Directed by Mark Jean, who has directed both films and TV series. A good entertaining film. There are much worse ways to spend two hours.


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