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Firstborn (1984)

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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jul 31, 2012

Paramount Home Video

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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.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The best things about Firstborn are the easy, natural performances of the actors.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It might have worked if Apted were as adept at creating an emotional atmosphere as he is in his portraiture of the suburban milieu, but too many unshaped scenes and redundant dialogue passages take their toll.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This flawed but interesting Freudian melodrama spends about 70 minutes making points and the last 30 minutes losing them.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A heavy-handed suburban sitcom.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Firstborn

Peter Weller is best known for playing the hero in movies like Leviathan, and most notably, the title character in Robocop. But somehow he seems more in his element playing a bad guy. Never better than here. He plays the sleazy new boyfriend of suburban mom Teri Garr. Instantly he butts heads with her oldest son played by Christopher Collet. He tries to come across as a nice guy, but Collet sees beneath the fake smile, and knows that this guy is bad news. Soon, the new man in mom's life has her out partying late, doing coke, and even getting involved in dealing drugs. With no father around, Collet decides to stand up for his family, and do what it takes to get this guy out of their lives. It's a movie that will resonate with anyone that has divorced parents, and had to deal with new adult figures trying to assert an authority position in their lives. Sometimes it's a good thing, and sometimes it isn't. This is one of the worst case scenarios of what can happen to a good family when a bad element is introduced. Weller is at his best, but the rest of the performances are equally sound. Garr can do the soccer mom thing in her sleep. Like his turn in The Manhattan Project, Collet gives us a very believable (although very different) character that easily identifiable with. His problems and concerns are very realistic, and Collet sells it enough to get the audience cheering for him when he finally stands up to the bully. Watch for appearances by a very young Sarah Jessica Parker as Collet's girlfriend, and Robert Downey Jr as his friend who is the first kid the know to get an earring. Ah, the 80's. This is also the film debut of Corey Haim.
April 4, 2012
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An interesting movie! Still watch every now and then.
April 4, 2012
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    1. Sam: Your mother and I, we're gonna get that restaurant.
    – Submitted by David W (2 years ago)
    1. Sam: I swear I'll hurt you mother god dammit!
    – Submitted by David W (2 years ago)
    1. Sam: The pinball machine is mine Jake, but you can use it anytime you want.
    – Submitted by David W (2 years ago)
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