I would recommend this movie to Peter Weller and Terri Garr fans alike. Corey Haim gives a good performance as well, but it is far from the flippant teen idol roles he's favored for later. 'Firstborn' is a realistic look into many lives disrupted by divorce and adolescence. While it won't fit everyone's experience of these, it doesn't gloss over the issues. It's about a woman who is searching for emotional healing after her husband announces he is remarrying, two sons who are trying to deal with what they knew as 'family' dissintigrating, and a loner, small time drug dealer. But each character has one thing in common. Each person is trying to fit into life, and find where his or her life fits in with the rest of the world. You have a lonely, hurt divorcee, a boy who is almost a man, who has to be the man in the family suddenly, and a young boy who is confused by his father's abandonement, and his mother's sadness. Then comes the drifter who promises stability and affection to the family. Only problem is, the oldest boy (who feels the urge to protect his family) figures out real fast that the man offering the missing piece to the incomplete family is not what he seems. The mother, desperate for love and companionship is reluctant to see the man for what he is, bringing violence and drug use/selling into the house. Hollywood often portrays drugs as great entertainment, and the traffic of it profitable and empowering. 'Firstborn' shows the other side. It doesn't always make fast money and good friends. The boys also react in a very realistic way. They are at the age when self-examination and rebellion become a part of school, social life, and family. Further disruption and danger amplify the behavior, and is realistically exaggerated by threat, abuse and lies.