In this satirical look at a controversial issue, unfit mother of four Ruth Stoops discovers while in jail that she's pregnant again. The judge charges her with endangering the fetus, but tells her he'll reduce the charges if she has an abortion. When word of this gets out, Ruth's caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between anti-abortion and abortion rights activists who want to use Ruth to get their messages across. Miramax
...that's what satire is for: To take reality and extend it to absurdity.
Roger Ebert, April, 1997
Cast: Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Kurtwood Smith, Mary Kay Place, Kelly Preston
Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Director of Photography: James Glennon
Film Editor: Kevin Tent
Composer: Rolfe Kent
Production Designer: Jane Ann Stewart
Costume Design: Tom McKinley
Sound: Tim Gomillion
Producer: Cary Woods, Cathy Konrad
Co-Producer: Andrew Stone
Production Company: Independent Pictures
World Sales: Park Circus Ltd.
Director: Alexander Payne