Taglines: Fifteen. At a time when most kids need to dream, Jake Livingston had to wake up.
Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston (Christopher Collet) has always been the man of the Livingston home since his parents divorced, that is, until his mother (Teri Garr) started seeing Sam. Sam (Peter Weller), an alcoholic and drug addict, introduces Jake’s mother into a self-destructive lifestyle.
His mom, Wendy, can’t see beyond Sam’s charms or her own emotional needs, while his younger brother, Brian (Corey Haim), succumbs to Sam’s ingratiating manner. Jake resents the constant presence of Sam in the household, however, particularly when Sam begins to establish rules and discipline for the boys and expect them to obey.
Jake becomes aware of a drug deal Sam is engaged in, steals the drugs and hides them. Sam verbally, then violently begins demanding they be returned, whereupon Wendy finally realizes what kind of man she has brought into her sons’ lives. After beating Jake and threatening to harm Wendy, Jake finally shows Sam where he hid the drugs. Having enough, Wendy demands that Sam leave, which results In Sam beating her. Defending his mother, Jake beats Sam and demands he leaves them, threatening to kill him if he ever comes back. Sam then leaves as the family holds each other.
Firstborn (titled Moving In in Europe) is a 1984 drama film starring Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Corey Haim (in his film debut), Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey, Jr.. It was filmed in New Jersey and New York State and was finally released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 31, 2012.
Firstborn – Moving In (1984)
Directed by: Michael Apted
Starring: Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Corey Haim, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Gartin, James Harper, Beverly May
Screenplay by: Ron Koslow
Production Design by: Paul Sylbert
Cinematography by: Ralf D. Bode
Film Editing by: Arthur Schmidt
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
Set Decoration by: Alan Hicks
Music by: Michael Small
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: October 26, 1984