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      Firstborn

      PG-13 1984 1 hr. 43 min. Drama List
      36% 14 Reviews Tomatometer 53% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score A teen (Christopher Collet) protects his divorced mother (Teri Garr) from her boyfriend (Peter Weller), a drug dealer in a black four-wheeler. Read More Read Less

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      Mike P Watchable Stepfather-ish dramatic thriller from the early 80s has teenager Christopher Collett defending his mom Terri Garr and little bro Corey Haim from Ma's predatory boyfriend Peter Weller. Good cast and acting, crisp direction, and believable script until the silly ending. Still very solid for the most part...I'm not sure why everyone dumps on this movie so much. It's not great, but it's not bad either. And it's great nostalgia from 1984...What a time capsule! Overall: Very moderate recommendation Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Edward S HOW could you guys give this a bad rating? This movie hit all the marks! I somehow never saw this.. everything was real in terms of how some kids would react-- the deadbeat wasn't a psycho and knew when he was beat. This was a great movie! Great period piece... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/10/24 Full Review Jeff G Very well made mostly. Very well acted and characters were highly developed. Anyone who has had any kind of similar situation in childhood will easily identify with the main character (Colette) and find themselves pulling for him. Definitely not a 'feel good' movie because it deals with abuse all throughout. The movie fails in some ways with the motocycle chase action scene thrown in and typical 80s ridiculous ending. Besides that definitely entertaining and engaging. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/11/24 Full Review Michael G This is actually a pretty well crafted movie for about the first three quarters. It literally hits peak and quickly falls in the span of one scene. When Collett tells his teacher he's a lightweight (I STILL use this line to this day) to the next scene where he's on a motorbike with bad 80's adventure music playing. This is followed by ridiculous chase scenes that I feel he and Peter Weller probably also felt was ruining an otherwise good movie and was over the top. Not to mention the title "Firstborn" and the silly poster with Collett leaning against the logo. Beyond this, everyone in it is great, especially Corey Haim. It's a shame he spiraled out; he was a gifted little actor. I remember a guy behind me saying, "that kid's really good." Some very well written scenes that are directed and acted carefully and don't go off the rails until that abrupt change previously mentioned. This movie was mostly shot in my hometown of Morristown, and I remember coming outside the theater next to the alley where he crashes his bike with the car and thinking, "wow, a real Hollywood movie shot right here." Was fun to see it all again and remember how the Morristown Green looked back then; all the stores no longer there. And up til it crosses the line into teen rebel 80's action movie, I have to say that I grew up around a few very similar families in that very area. I almost wonder if the writer grew up there; a typical suburban home invaded by a loser and falling apart beneath the facade of tranquility. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/07/24 Full Review Teresa C Horrible!! The message it sent was horrible. The only redeeming thing about this movie was seeing young Robert Downey Jr in an early (albeit limited) performance. Horrible! Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 04/06/24 Full Review Audience Member If you tune into the Lifetime Movie Network at any time of year other than Christmas you could find at least a dozen movies that are reminiscent of Firstborn. This movie is classic movie-of-the-week fodder that focuses on a lonely mother who takes up with the wrong guy, so it becomes a frustration for the kids, and eventually so bad that the son will have to take matters into his own hands. Firstborn was also the introduction of Corey Haim, so I guess some pre-teen girls in the 90s would have gone crazy over that aspect, but I never thought the famous Coreys were ever good actors. It’s a struggle to express how little I cared about the plot in Firstborn, because it was so predictable from the moment Peter Weller is introduced. It doesn’t help that I have decades of not trusting Peter Weller ingrained in me (unless he’s wearing the Robocop costume.) Teri Garr is in the movie as well and doesn’t do anything to elevate it. Her talent lies more in the comedic realm, so saddling her with this dramatic role was a mistake. She was so bad at playing someone who is hooked on drugs that I questioned whether she has ever sampled drugs in her entire life, or even known someone who used drugs. There’s nothing special about Firstborn, but if you like a melodramatic movie that would ordinarily find a home on some cable network, then check it out. For me it was watchable, but otherwise pointless. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/02/18 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jay Carr Boston Globe Firstborn is the film we knew Apted had in him when we saw the care and craftsmanship in his Coal Miner's Daughter and Continental Divide. It's a find, and Collet's singular performance is its core. Apr 28, 2018 Full Review Paul Attanasio Washington Post Director Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter") settles for a movie of pat moralism, a pamphleteer's parable of how drugs destroy families. Jan 2, 2018 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The movie creates such an urgent situation, and fills it with such interesting characters, that when everything goes wrong at the end I felt more than disappointed, I felt cheated. Rated: 2/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review TV Guide This flawed but interesting Freudian melodrama spends about 70 minutes making points and the last 30 minutes losing them. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 8, 2008 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 3/5 Oct 11, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 4, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A teen (Christopher Collet) protects his divorced mother (Teri Garr) from her boyfriend (Peter Weller), a drug dealer in a black four-wheeler.
      Director
      Michael Apted
      Executive Producer
      Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing
      Screenwriter
      Ron Koslow
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures, Jaffe-Lansing, Witt/Thomas Productions
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 28, 2017
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