The Boy Who Cried Bitch: The Adolescent Years

  • 2007
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Fifteen years after the strikingly titled THE BOY WHO CRIED BITCH (1991) — the story of an out-of-control 12-year-old and his increasingly desperate mother — crept briefly into theaters, screenwriter Catherine May Levin returned to the well of foulmouthed rage for this variation on the theme of bad parenting and its nightmarish consequences. Once...read more

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Fifteen years after the strikingly titled THE BOY WHO CRIED BITCH (1991) — the story of an out-of-control 12-year-old and his increasingly desperate mother — crept briefly into theaters, screenwriter Catherine May Levin returned to the well of foulmouthed rage for this variation on the theme of bad parenting and its nightmarish consequences.

Once again, the focus is a fatherless family of four. Aspiring writer Adelle Truston (Ronnie Farer), the tremulous, self-centered product of a controlling and hugely wealthy mother (Diane Kagan), visits her oldest son, 16-year-old Steve (Adam LaVorgna, of TV's 7th Heaven) at the private mental institution where she placed him at age 12, and is subjected to a torrent of verbal rage. Adelle unwisely allows him to come home for Easter, much to the delight of his younger brothers, 15-year-old doper Mitch (Baird Wallace) and 14-year-old peacemaker Jody (Mark Richard Keith). The visit ends badly, with Steve raging at having to go back; soon after, he escapes the institution with an older patient (Casey Siemaszko). The pair get drunk and brutalize Ronnie (Susan Porro), a former fellow patient. Adelle's mother hires a first-rate lawyer, but Steve still winds up in a state mental institution. While he seethes, things are deteriorating further at home. Mitch's drug problem becomes so serious he has to go into rehab, and Adelle becomes increasingly frightened of Steve's raging threats. When Steve is finally released, the stage is set for a brutal confrontation.

While the first film was capably directed by Argentine filmmaker Juan Jose Campanella, first-time Matthew Levin (presumably Catherine May Levin's son) can't make the mix of 1950s-style family melodrama — everything is Mom's fault — and sociopathic spectacle. LaVorgna's raging Steve is so insanely vitriolic he seems demonically possessed; Adelle, her mother and Steve's brothers — whatever their evident flaws — can do little but cower. Since Steve is a full-fledged psychopath from the start, there's really nowhere for the story to go, so it stays stalled in full-bore rant mode for 95 minutes before staggering to its unpleasant conclusion.

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  • Released: 2007
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Fifteen years after the strikingly titled THE BOY WHO CRIED BITCH (1991) — the story of an out-of-control 12-year-old and his increasingly desperate mother — crept briefly into theaters, screenwriter Catherine May Levin returned to the well of fo… (more)

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