My Mother Was Never a Kid
What unfolded as I watched this kids special, was a wonderful time travel film. Without commercials it was only forty five minutes long. The film was about a 14-year-old girl named Victoria Martin (Mary Beth Manning) who was always getting in trouble at school. She would fight with her mom and felt her mother never understood what it was like to be young.
Victoria thinks they cleaned up the train station and finds herself on the street where she meets a girl willing to try and help her. The girl’s name is Cici (Rachel Longaker) and she is full of personality. Victoria likes her immediately, but is bewildered by things, such as her not knowing rock groups like The Who and prefers Frank Sinatra, who Cici refers to as dreamy.
In recent years, the book has been renamed, My Mother Was Never a Kid and is still available. The novel is just as much a delight as the film, but has Victoria a bit more… naughty. For instance, instead of cigarettes, she is smoking marijuana in the story.
In my search for this film, I was responsible for having it listed on The Internet Movie Data Base, IMDB and mine is still the only review for it on the site. It has my first email address, which is now long gone. See below:
AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL
1 October 2000 | by dhig72 (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews
I saw this movie when it first aired as an after school special in 1981. I loved it then and have been searching in vain for it on VHS. I also read the novel entitled "HANGIN' OUT WITH CICI". Excellent time travel story.
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My Mother Was Never a Kid remains one of my favorite time travel short films and I still find myself hoping and praying that one day, it is cleaned up and released for sale. Meanwhile, I will enjoy my burned from VHS copy.