Firstborn

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A teenager and his kid brother spar with their mother's shady new boyfriend in this dramatic thriller from veteran British director Michael Apted. When her ex-husband remarries, Wendy Teri Garr feels despondent -- until she starts dating handsome, unctuous Sam Peter Weller, an underemployed salesman with no shortage of big ideas. Excited to finally feel good about herself again, Wendy invites Sam to move in and offers to invest in his get-rich-quick schemes. None of this sits well with her sons, Jake Christopher ...
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A teenager and his kid brother spar with their mother's shady new boyfriend in this dramatic thriller from veteran British director Michael Apted. When her ex-husband remarries, Wendy Teri Garr feels despondent -- until she starts dating handsome, unctuous Sam Peter Weller, an underemployed salesman with no shortage of big ideas. Excited to finally feel good about herself again, Wendy invites Sam to move in and offers to invest in his get-rich-quick schemes. None of this sits well with her sons, Jake Christopher Collet and Brian Corey Haim, who remain unimpressed with Sam even after he convinces Wendy to buy Jake a motorbike. They're even less jazzed when Sam stops currying favor and turns disciplinarian even while pulling Wendy into his hard-partying lifestyle. Within a few months, Brian's on the verge of expulsion for picking fights at school, and even honor-role student Jake is mouthing off to his teachers. As for Wendy, she's too busy taking beatings and doing cocaine to notice that her family has fallen apart. It isn't until Jake gets wise to the industrial quantities of white powder squirreled away under the floorboards that he comes up with a plan to get Sam out of their lives forever. Although onetime Tiger Beat heartthrob Christopher Collet plays Firstborn's title role, the films' supporting cast is littered with actors whose stars would far eclipse his Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr. -- though in some cases only for a little while Corey Haim.
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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it works fairly well as a straight drama about the emotional fallout of divorce, Firstborn proves far more enjoyable when viewed as a campy relic of cautionary '80s hand-wringing about broken families. Fresh off the success of Tootsie and Mr. Mom, Teri Garr once again scrambles gender roles in the non-comedic role of an insecure single mother going through her second adolescence. Whether sleepwalking through her parenting duties or blowing rails off a coffee table during a swingers' party, Garr brings just the right sense of unempowered bafflement to the part. Future Lost Boys and License to Drive star Corey Haim gets relegated mostly to damaged moppet mode, but teen idol also-ran Christopher Collet makes the most of his blue-eyed soulfulness and slightly androgynous good looks. Whether hanging with his forcefully sassy girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker), getting in touch with his masculinity on a brand-new dirt bike, or standing up passionately to a blowhard teacher, this kid's got "virile yet sensitive new-age guy" written all over him. As for Peter Weller, those angular cheekbones and hooded eyes just scream "seductive yet violent druggie" from the moment he appears. With suspense about his character's true intentions rendered moot by the actor's sinister brooding, the audience can just sit back and wait for the inevitable retribution reel -- and lay odds on whether that dirt bike will be involved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1992
  • UPC: 037757217443
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Teri Garr Wendy
Peter Weller Sam
Christopher Collet Jake
Corey Haim Brian
Sarah Jessica Parker Lisa
Richard Brandon Dad
James Harper Mr. Rader
Richard E. Szlasa Coach Gant
Billy Anagnos
Jery Hewitt
Sarah Inglis Jill
Scott Wilder
Brian Lima Robby
Christopher Russo Beckman
Robert Downey Jr. Lee
Christopher Gartin Adam
Gayle Harbor Joanne
Ellen Barber Wendy's Girl Friend
Beverly W. May Mrs. Mercer
Larry Atlas Stranger
Vebe Borge Friend
Josh Hamilton Brad
Joseph M. Costa Headman
Frank Ferera Driver of Car
Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Angelo Corrao Editor
Robert V. Girolami Asst. Director
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Stanley Jaffe Executive Producer, Producer
Ron Koslow Co-producer, Screenwriter
Sherry Lansing Executive Producer, Producer
Alice Shure Associate Producer
Michael Small Score Composer
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Tony Thomas Producer
Paul Junger Witt Producer
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