Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)





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The fact that a pre-superstardom Jim Carrey plays an alcoholic sibling may be the only reason that the made-for-TV Doing Time on Maple Drive will earn a rebroadcast in the near future. Actually, this melancholy saga of a dysfunctional New England family has a lot more going for it than merely the noncomic presence of Mr. Carrey. The story gets under way when Yale student William McNamara returns to his family home, accompanied by bride-to-be Lori Loughlin. What starts as a happy reunion deteriorates into domestic tragedy, as several family skeletons are forcibly yanked out of the closet. James B. Sikking and Bibi Besch costar as McNamara's far-from-perfect parents. Directed by Thirtysomething star Ken Olin, Doing Time on Maple Drive debuted March 16, 1992, as a Fox Network "Movie of the Week".
Drama , Television
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


James B. Sikking
as Phil Carter
William McNamara
as Matt Carter
Jim Carrey
as Tim Carter
Bibi Besch
as Lisa Carter
Jayne Brook
as Karen
Mark Chaet
as Nick
Lori Loughlin
as Alicen
Richard Israel
as Student Actor
George Roth
as Dr. Norman
Toni Sawyer
as Millie
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Critic Reviews for Doing Time on Maple Drive

All Critics (3)

Carrey fans will be disappointed that his character pretty much gets lost in the shuffle.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008

The cinematography is weak, the framing is off and the performances, at times, are trying.

January 16, 2005
Apollo Guide

annoying to watch in this day and age

Full Review… | August 27, 2004

Audience Reviews for Doing Time on Maple Drive

I normally like such movies where families grow or come to understand their issues. That part of this film was fine, but I found the resolution of the movie all a bit too neat. Most of the time, when you throw in a suicide attempt, a coming out, realization you are an alcoholic into a weekend, it doesn't come out tied in a nice bow.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

5 stars for realism and great acting - picked it up because I enjoy Jim Carrey in his serious roles. Really enjoyed picking apart the movie plot and guessing the secrets of the characters :D The movie reminded me somewhat of "Everybody's Fine" - if that's your type of movie, you'll like this <3

Anna Tramell
Anna Tramell

James B. Sikking has a knack for making unlikeable characters understood. He may have based his character on the same military drill instructor of his acquaintance on whom he based his character of Lt. Howard Hunter in Hill Street Blues. I honestly don't even remember Jim Carrey, one of the best actors performing today, as being the son with whom the Sikking character comes into conflict; but I'm sure he was and that he performed admirably. He always does.

Harold Moody
Harold Moody

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