Starring: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin

In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff
I watched this last night on youtube, it was extremely good, and it was set back in the 1950s with lots of old 50's cars everywhere too.

It's available on youtube in it's entirety, but I won't post the link since they have a habit of becoming invalid.