Directed by: Gilbert Cates
Starring: Brian Bonsall (Teddy), Stephen Dorff (Sandy), Pam Dawber (Mom), John Shea (Dad), Georgann Johnson (Mavis Richardson), William Prince (Arthur Richardson), Matthew Laurance (Lawyer), Graham Jarvis (Judge), Ruth de Sosa (Susan Larrimer)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Movies
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Teen-Childhood, Old-Young, Siblings-Family, Courtroom Drama, Satanism
Plot – Spoilers:
A regular American family begin to wonder if their lives have been all that regular, when kids at the daycare that the youngest son attends, begin claiming incidents of sexual abuse.
Do You Know The Muffin Man, released at the end of the ’80s, documents the spate of daycare abuse incidents that dotted the decade, alongside allegations of the involvement of Satanic cults. But there is something disarming about its TV-movie nature, that you almost don’t pay enough attention to the perverseness of what is being discussed and the central theme – child abuse at daycares. The movie hurtles along at breakneck speed, casually handling the abuse, while focusing mostly on the trial rather than the crime and its psychological trauma. In that, it is successful – how fucked up and frustrating the legal system can be in situations like these.