This drama tackles such issues as schoolyard bullying, unemployment, gentrification fears, social ostracism and teenage rebellion, but never does more than scratch the surface. Boston adolescent Courtney Docherty (Kate Bosworth) likes most aspects of her big city life, though she's tired of deflecting the attentions of football hero Rocco Farley (Jamie Benti). Rocco decides to get even with Courtney by stealing school computers and implicating her boyfriend, but Courtney's younger brother, Sam (Christopher McCoy), witnesses the theft. Though terrified of bullies, Sam bravely informs on Rocco and his cousin; Rocco retaliates by chasing Sam, who's on his bike, until the youngster falls and breaks his arm. Courtney and Sam's father, Gary (Matt McCoy), is a construction contractor; he's just lost out on a major job and is uninsured. Sam's accident convinces him that the family would be better off somewhere less expensive than Boston, she he persuades his wife, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Duff), to pack up the family and relocate to a small town. He imprudently banks on a job he doesn't yet have to finance the move; it doesn't materialize and the Dochertys get a taste of the downside of their idyllic village's insularity. Their paranoid next-door neighbor, Mack Weatherton (Jeff Fahey), freezes them out socially and influences employers to blackball Gary. Mack's son, Gill (Billy Kay), proves to be a bully and picks on Sam. Still, the Dochertys persevere: Elizabeth becomes a waitress, Gary lowers his job expectations, Courtney finds a new boyfriend and Sam rescues Gill from drowning in a creek. Though the outsiders have proved their value to the community, they must overcome one last hurdle: Mack, who distrusts anyone who wasn't born in his town. James Allen Bradley's domestic melodrama doesn't so much tackle issues as tickle them, and suggests that all you have to do to gain acceptance is save a local kid's life.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: G
- Review: This drama tackles such issues as schoolyard bullying, unemployment, gentrification fears, social ostracism and teenage rebellion, but never does more than scratch the surface. Boston adolescent Courtney Docherty (Kate Bosworth) likes most aspects of her b… (more)