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Thicker Than Blood [VHS] [2004]


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The stormy relationship between Larry McLinden (Peter Strauss) and Karen Hamilton (Rachel Ticotin) is about to come to an end, when Karen announces that she is pregnant. After the birth, Larry stays with Karen for the sake of his son, whom he grows to love dearly. However, this love is shattered when Karen runs away with the boy, and so begins a bitter and protracted battle for custody.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good acting and a unique story make this film worthwhile 22 April 1999
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One of the requirements for making a realistic movie is that it take both its story and audience seriously. Thicker Than Blood does at least that much, as it explores the relationship between an at-risk boy and the teacher who tries to rescue him from his hellish family.
In this ninety-minute 1998 TNT Originals movie, we meet an idealistic young man named Griffin Byrne (Dan Futterman) who puts off law school to teach at a New York City Catholic Boy's School. There is a problem, though: his Ivy League education is useless here so, for inspiration, he quotes lines from movies like Stand And Deliver. As expected, his unorthodox teaching methods are frowned upon by the school's Headmaster, Father Larkin (Mickey Rourke). But Griffin gets in more trouble when he begins taking a personal interest in one of his students, an artistic young truant named Lee Cortez (Carlo Alban). Boasting to the headmaster that he can get the youth to school every day, Griffin soon makes startling discoveries about his newly-found cause.
For starters, Lee lives in a violent, inner-city tenement with a family that is perilously close to self destruction. He survives this chaotic home life by withdrawing into a kind of fantasy world wherein he rescues his family - a world he creates with magnificent drawings. Griffin knows Lee's portfolio-quality sketches are good enough for admission to art school. The problem is, they may also be a cry for help. Not knowing exactly what to do, Griffen reaches out to his student -- only to become entangled in a nightmarish family abuse cycle that undermines his efforts at every turn.
The movie does a nice job of portraying the tenuous bond that grows between student and teacher despite ever-mounting obstacles. This not only provides some of the film's best moments, it also makes up for its occasionally improbable story line -- and an unfortunate tendency to build suspense at the expense of subtlety (halfway through, we're fairly certain of its outcome).
But Thicker Than Blood is still worth watching. For one thing, the film doesn't patronize us with feel-good answers to the serious questions it poses. Another plus is that the performances are better than average, with Carlo Alban, in particular, emerging as a gifted young actor. He is flawless in the pivotal role of Lee Cortez, a youth who makes us believe that kids really do have noble impulses - and perhaps can't always be rescued from them.
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Dreamy 5 July 2007
By Jennifer Weyhrich - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a Dan Futterman fan, as I am, you will love this movie. I fell in love with him from the hit T.v. drama "Judging Amy" on CBS. And was heartbroke when the show went off the air. Someone needs to wake up and release the seasons on dvd. Hint, hint. But that's beside the point. If you're a Dan fan, buy this movie. The story line is incredible. You won't be dissapointed.
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Acting talent, wanting script 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This movie is full of cliches, and telegraphs its every move.
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