Finding a Family

2011

Drama

102
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 610

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Cast

Kim Delaney as Ileana
MacKenzie Porter as Jen Bante
Paul McGillion as Nick Carlin
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805 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
84 min
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1.46 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
84 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rekreational 10 / 10 / 10

An Amazing Family Show!

If you want to see big-budget Hollywood movies, this isn't it. If you want to see A-List actors and actresses, this isn't it. If you want to see amazing stunts, massive explosions, gang or mob action-drama, this as well isn't it. If you want a (I hate to use the cliché term) wholesome movie that everyone can watch in the family, a movie that is extremely emotional and raw (by this I mean not sugar-coated with fake emotions and feelings), a movie that you actually begin to feel what young Alex has gone through so far in his young life. Based on a true story, "Finding A Family" is such an amazing, down-to- earth show, and doesn't have any offencive term or swearwords in it; like I said, great for the whole family. If you have movie night (one evening in a week) like my family does, this is a show to watch then, or anytime for that matter. I gave it 10/10 for so many reasons, that if I were to list them all, I would run out space; but I have listed a few reasons above. I am taking a guess that either the people that gave this "made for TV movie" were expecting a big Hollywood budget show, or wanting a ton of action, truly would find this show to be something entirely different. Have a great Spring everyone!

Reviewed by ksf-2 7 / 10 / 10

High School student determined to get ahead

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.

Reviewed by jrarichards 7 / 10 / 10

A moving premise with a necessary message, but still capable of hurting some

In years gone by many worthy movies of this kind of 'social awareness" genre were made, but I'm not so sure what the situation is like now. And my reaction to them has been consistent for at least 40 years now - if you take the trouble to actually get into this (kind of) film, you will most likely find and feel at the end that it has been no waste of time. This (kind of) movie is not spectacular, and nobody very famous is in it, but it's done professionally and has something to say. If we home in on the specific case of Mark Jean's "Finding a Family", we must admit it's more of a two-edged sword. In essence, Jared Abrahamson acting as real-life character Alex Chivescu is here to persuade us that bipolar disease (in this case even brought on by a car accident) is enough to mess up a parent's parenting - in a situation where nobody is guilty and everybody is a victim. That's terribly sad and very probably true, and there's quite a bit of that sadness and truth on offer here. The fact that Alex makes a success of his young life - in spite of the afflictions of his mother (here played well - i.e. tragically - by Kim Delaney) is based on his deliberately moving out from under his mother's influence - hence the "finding a family" of the title. One supposes that there is a secondary message of "take your meds" here. But if sufferers found it that easy to take their meds they most likely wouldn't be sufferers in the first place. A further message - always good, but much easier to say than do is "don't wallow in self-pity", and that's also tough love, is it not? So if you watch this movie as somebody who has nothing to do with what we used to call "manic depressive" behaviour, you will rise comfortably above all this and nod wisely and admiringly as Alex begins to get himself sorted out, even when there are setbacks like a move into a children's home which (despite reasonable conditions) does not exactly favour his sought course in life, which is to go to Harvard University. Equally, if you are bipolar or know somebody who is, or live in such a family, just how are you going to respond to this movie and its main message? Is it fair to entertain and enlighten the majority while wounding the minority? That's a good question that is not so easy to answer. With that reservation, this movie has to be seen as worthwhile, interesting, more or less well done, and a kind of tribute...

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