Terror In The Family

5.61 h 29 min1996PG-13
Deena Marten (Oscar winner Hillary Swank, Boys Don't Cry), wants the same freedom every teenager craves. But when she can't have her way, her rebellious temperament erupts in violence.
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Ted BabcockIra MarvinRobert M. SertnerRuth SlawsonRandy SutterFrank von Zerneck
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JohnicaReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2022
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I wouldn't exactly call what the family experienced "terror". Dysfunction, fear, a sense of total failure, but terror means something different to me. It wasn't a particularly interesting story. It was honestly like watching a boring, dysfunctional, abusive family in real life but that's not really movie material. In a weird way the very boring nature of it made it seem more realistic even if it didn't lend interest. The (spoiler alert) happy ending made it unbearably saccharine and stole from whatever commentary on abusive families it might have been.
FerreReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I disliked movie
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Hilary Swank is a good actress however I dislike movies when they have adult women acting as though they are 15 and do not even look like a teenager.
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CRIS B. BROWNReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
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It Is Very Hard To Understand Why Some Behavior Goes Un-Checked Throughout A Family Or Home Environment. Ruled By Alcohol Abuse Amongst Family Members.

A Daughter Or A Son Does Not Really Care For This Type Of Behavior. WHERE: It Becomes A Major Distraction Within The School
Matthew RobaszkiewiczReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2022
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Decent Movie
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The film does a good job showcasing dysfunction in a family. Decent performances by the entire cast.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020
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Good older movie.
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I think the title 'terror' was a bit much, good movie though! Great acting!
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EasymonetReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lifetime movie but not as bad as most
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From the jump this screams Lifetime (B) movie, but it's obvious that Hillary Swank will go on to better things.
keitha grahamReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020
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Good one!
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Really good movie! I remember watching it with my mom on lifetime when I was a kid. The family is really messed up.
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Leon DarnellReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2013
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Quite relational to the rebellious teens
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As teenagers rebellion would set in to the point where we would sneak out the house with friends. This movie details that. It also takes on the violence in the home, alcoholism, and criticism within the family, and the running away. My teen days were like that, except for the violence (it was mostly anger, and I did get help too). As the family realizes the damage they've caused, they also get help as well. Their teenage daughter gets probation, breaks up with her no-good boyfriend, and starts over.
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