Citizen Ruth (1996)

ALEXANDER PAYNE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Independent Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Alexander Payne made a brilliant debut with this wonderful black comedy that deals with a real political hot potato, abortion. When an inhalant-abusing pregnant woman (Laura Dern in one of her most electrifying performances) decides to terminate, she is stopped by an anti-abortion group led by  and  and encouraged to see her way out of it. Eventually she finds herself in the hands of pro-choicers who tell her that her body is her own to govern and she shouldn’t be forced to bring a life into the world that she can’t properly care for.   has a cameo appearance.

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