Doing Time on Maple Drive
Doing Time on Maple Drive poster
Directed by Ken Olin
Produced by Wayne Hanks
Paul Lussier
Gina Scheerer
Written by James Duff

James Sikking
Bibi Besch
William McNamara
Jayne Brook
David Byron
Lori Loughlin
Jim Carrey

Music by Laura Karpman
Cinematography Bing Sokolsky
Editing by Elba Sanchez-Short
Distributed by Fox Broadcasting Company
Release March 16, 1992
Running time 92 mins
Country United States
Language English

Doing Time on Maple Drive is a 1992 made-for-television drama film. Written by James Duff and directed by Ken Olin, the film stars James Sikking, Bibi Besch, William McNamara, Jayne Brook, David Byron, Lori Loughlin and Jim Carrey in an early rare dramatic role at the time.


Doing Time on Maple Drive centers on the Carter family. Father Phil (Sikking) is a successful local restaurateur, married for many years to Lisa (Besch). They have three grown children, Karen (Brook), Tim (Carrey) and Matt (McNamara). Karen is married to Tom (Byron), Tim works in his father's restaurant and Matt is a college student. Matt returns from college and introduces the family to his fiancée, Allison (Loughlin).

Matt is injured after crashing his car; he returns home to recuperate. As he recovers, the family is revealed to be almost completely dysfunctional. Tim is an alcoholic. Matt's car crash was a suicide attempt brought on by the pressure of being gay and closeted from his conservative parents and lying about Allison's breaking their engagement because of it. Lisa is in deep denial about all of the problems family members are facing.

Karen's husband Tom learns that Karen is pregnant and that she is so terrified of bringing a child into a family situation like hers that she's considering having an abortion without telling him. Tom angrily confronts her father Phil, declaring that while Phil may be destroying his own family he won't allow Phil to destroy his. He takes Karen away. Matt confronts his parents, including telling his mother that he knows she already knows he is gay after having walked in on him and another boy. Lisa continues to struggle with denial, but Phil begins to take tentative steps toward understanding.


  • James Sikking as Phil Carter
  • Bibi Besch as Lisa Carter
  • William McNamara as Matt Carter
  • Jayne Brook as Karen
  • David Byron as Tom
  • Lori Loughlin as Allison
  • Jim Carrey as Tim Carter
  • Philip Linton as Andy- this actor passed away 1 month before this film was released.
  • Bennett Cale as Kyle
  • Richard Israel as Student Actor
  • Mark Chaet as Nick
  • Janice Lynde as Judy
  • George Roth as Dr. Norman
  • Parker Whitman as Gene
  • Danielle Michonne as Cindy
  • Toni Sawyer as Millie
  • Bodhi Elfman as Joe
  • Mike Marikian as Kevin
  • Courtenay McWhinney as Clara

External links

Jim Carrey films

The Sex and Violence Family Hour (1983)  · Copper Mountain (1983)  · All in Good Taste (1983)  · Finders Keepers (1984)  · Once Bitten (1985)  · Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)  · The Dead Pool (1988)  · Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)  · Pink Cadillac (1989)  · High Strung (1991)  · Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)  · Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)  · The Mask (1994)  · Dumb and Dumber (1994)  · Batman Forever (1995)  · Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)  · The Cable Guy (1996)  · Liar Liar (1997)  · The Truman Show (1998)  · Simon Birch (1998)  · Man on the Moon (1999)  · Me, Myself & Irene (2000)  · Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)  · The Majestic (2001)  · Bruce Almighty (2003)  · Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  · Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)  · Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)  · The Number 23 (2007)  · Horton Hears a Who! (2008)  · Yes Man (2008)  · I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)  · A Christmas Carol (2009)  · Under the Sea 3D (2009)  · Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)  · The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)  · Kick-Ass 2 (2013)  · Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)  · Dumb and Dumber To (2014)  ·

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