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Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)

James Sikking , Bibi Besch , Ken Olin  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Sikking, Bibi Besch, William McNamara, Jayne Brook, David Byron
  • Directors: Ken Olin
  • Writers: James Duff
  • Producers: Gina Scheerer, Paul Lussier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B15WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doing Time on Maple Drive" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Superstar Jim Carrey (Me, Myself & Irene, TV's In Living Color) turns in an unforgettable dramatic performance in this "powerful" (Variety) family drama. Phil Carter and his devoted wife Lisa are the proud but domineering parents of a near-perfect family that has gathered to celebrate the upcoming marriage of its youngest son. But soon, the gathering turns to confrontation as secrets of each of the Carters' three children are revealed. Phil and Lisa are forced to take a closer look at reality and at the same time, keep their family from falling apart.

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161 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar TV movie with great cast August 12, 2004
Format:DVD
Fox DVD will undoubtedly showcase Jim Carrey for his supporting performance in "Doing Time on Maple Drive," a stellar cable TV movie from 1992, but buyer beware: his is a straight, supporting dramatic performance. He is very good, but the real shining star of this small Ken Olin-directed gem is the talented William McNamara, who is unforgettable as the "good" son in a seemingly perfect, but actually dysfunctional, family led by James B. Sikking and Bebe Besch. "Chicago Hope"'s Jayne Brook rounds out the cast as a daughter who evidently married beneath her status and joins alcoholic older brother Carrey as the profound disappointments in a family who has laid all its future hopes and dreams on its children. Apparently, it's up to youngest son McNamara to rise above the rubble his siblings have made of their lives and carry on the family's grand promise. Unfortunately, he has a secret that will come crashing down on everyone involved.

When the story opens, McNamara is bringing fiance Lori Loughlin home to meet the family. And it's a joyous homecoming, but it's clear something is wrong with the relationship. Then the unthinkable happens and Loughlin discovers McNamara's secret: he is gay and has left a long-term boyfriend to marry her simply to please his parents, who supposedly don't know the truth. Then she leaves and he is left to explain to his family why his bride has abandoned him and why he may very well be their biggest disappointment of all.

The great thing about "Doing Time on Maple Drive" is how honest it is, and how refreshingly free of melodrama the writers and director Olin have made it. McNamara's secret is revealed slowly, and when the family finally finds out about it, their reactions are honest and true.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film finally available... July 1, 2004
Format:DVD
In this film we have: The alcoholic son; the homosexual son who is trying to be heterosexual to please himself and his family; the overlooked daughter and her husband with marital issues; the ultra conservative, emotionally unavailable father who is extremely hard on his children; and the mother who cares WAY too much what other people think and would rather hide behind a lie she has known for quite sometime. Not to mention the poor girl who thinks her fiance is straight, has to face her own pain in finding otherwise.
For a TV movie, this film is great. This is about a dysfunctional family. It is not only a "coming out" story, but also about an alcoholic son portrayed by Jim Carrey, who, along with the daughter's husband, seem to be the only people who can see how screwed up the family really is. The gay son, who on this occasion, brings home his new fiance, is forced to come out of the closet. He is so used to trying to put a pretty face on everything and not showing things for what they really are...which he seems to get from his parents. Basically, all at one time the s--t hits the fan, so to speak. It is definitely not an uplifting film, but shows how a dyfunctional family who hides their secrets and refuse to come to terms with their problems, will eventually fall apart and have to find a way to rebuild again, on different terms, through unconditional love and support. This is a wonderful film to show teenage children the dangers of alcoholism, and how important it is to love and support your children unconditionally regardless of their issues and sexual orientation. It can show the catastrophic results that can and usually will occur when people don't face their problems. What should parents care more about, their family image or their children? This would be great to show Jr.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding cast and exceptional script June 2, 2005
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This 1992 made for TV movie is exceptional. The cast is one of the finest matched to the story, I've seen in some time. The story is well written and feels real. It is able to draw you in and get you to invest yourself into the events on screen. It is not racey in regard to nudity but it has profanity so it is not best for small children. It is an excellent tool to educate narrow minds and bring some understanding to, not just the gay issue but also to parents and the expectations they put on thier children as well as what those expectations can do to the children. The film was very well made and I highly recommend you see it. It was an excellant addition to my collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed My Life. April 11, 2007
Format:DVD
In 1992 when this movie was released, I was only 15 years old, and was living very much a secret life in The Country Club world of Broken Arrow, Okla. When the TV spots for this add hit FOX, I knew I had to see it. As I watched in my room, I remembered feeling the same way William McNamara's character felt. I was scared, yet somehow empowered. I reccomend this film to anyone who has ever lived a secret. Doing Time on Maple Drive will forever be one of my FAVORITE films. BUY IT!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How NOT to Have a Perfect Family May 17, 2005
Format:DVD
From the outside, they are a perfect, WASPy, upper-middle-class family. But look closer and you'll see the domineering father (James B Sikking) and the cold, superficial mother (Bebe Besch). Their three children are cracking under the pressure to live up to the parents' impossible standards. Jim Carrey gives a fabulous straight performance as the alcoholic son, William McNamara is the secretly gay son (Why is he not a huge star?), and Jayne Brook is the daughter who marries beneath the family's standards. If you liked Robert Redford's ORDINARY PEOPLE, you'll like this movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wouldnt work on our DVD player said it was the wrong region
Published 8 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars the movie
I believe this was the movie that first brought Jim Carrey in the spotlight!

I saw this movie when it had premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast of characters
The movie seems believable enough for a young man, who is finishing his senior year in high school - James Sikking gives a stellar performance as the youngest of 4 children, each... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Kimble
4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
Got it in a timely manner. Package was exactly as described. Could definatly tell it was a made for T.V. movie, but I love Jim Carrey.
Published 8 months ago by Sayian_king
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Story Telling
"Doing Time on Maple Drive" is a top-notch production from any standpoint. The story of a dysfunction family and one member's attempt to deal with his awakening knowledge of his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by beagle2
3.0 out of 5 stars doing time on maple drive
I just wanted to see the jim carrey role in which he played but thought it was okay or so so.
Published 12 months ago by Marion K. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent movie
I hardly recomment it to see it. this history and the acting are great, one of best gay movies I have seen,
Published 15 months ago by Anna Orozco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I was really moved by this particular programme when it aired on television.

It arrived in a timely fashion once ordered and it is of good quality. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Mandel
5.0 out of 5 stars "Doing Time" is one of the best!
This is a great made-for-TV movie that is a compelling story with great acting. Jim Carrey shows off his dramatic acting chops in this one. Don't miss it!
Published 19 months ago by Lori A. Mello
4.0 out of 5 stars All over the map, in a very good way
Doing Time on Maple Drive covers a lot of ground and many topics in a short time and does so with grace. Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by Cynthia Hernandez
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