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Do You Know the Muffin Man? (1989)

Director:
Gilbert Cates
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
-
RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Executive producer:
Jon Avnet
Jordan Kerner
Screenwriter:
Daniel Freudenberger


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Kendra Dollison Pam Dawber
Roger Dollison John Shea
Sandy Dollison Stephen Dorff
Teddy Dollison Brian Bonsall
Marvin Bernstein Matthew Laurance ˝
Stephen Pugliotti Anthony Geary
Judge Allen Graham Jarvis ˝

 

Review

A film that wants to attract attention to a serious problem, and that arguably has a good heart, but that is a painful document of a distressing mentality that was predominant of its time. In my native Norway, there was a case very similar to that portrayed in Do You Know the Muffin Man? in which almost an entire pre-school staff was accused and tried for sexual acts with children in their custody. There was a period in the late 80s and early 90s in which cases like these received a one-sided, biased treatment because of erroneous methods deployed by medics and psychologists as well as because of riotous public uproar. The result was several miscarriages of justice throughout the western world, and Do You Know the Muffin Man? mirrors many of the stances that led to these miscarriages. The filmmaker’s might think they were discussing here, but most of all they just reveal their lack of insight with this film. Some useful interhuman drama, especially within the Dollison family, is spoiled by an unqualified (or extremely atypical, if you’re kind) portrait of child molestation and pedophilia on one side, and of courtroom action on the other.

Copyright © 23.7.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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