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I loved this movie! Laura Dern is genuinely funny and quirky as the slow-witted Ruth Stoops, who finds herself at storm center as a judge convicts her of criminal negligence to her unborn fetus. However, out of court, he advises her to "take care of this problem," sotto voce telling her to get an abortion. Ruth doesn't really care; she just wants to find some Krylon or airplane glue to inhale.
Finding herself in jail, some Christian pro-lifers take her under their wing. Suddenly, she is no longer a rational actor whose free will determines the birth of her baby, but a pawn in a PR war between pro-life and pro-choice zealots. It is as if Ruth doesn't even exist as an individual, and is only important to these fanatics as a poster child for their respective causes.
What I most love about the characterisations of the activists is how Payne shows how removed they are from reality. The pro-lifers (Mary Kay Place and that guy from That 70s Show) are Christian evangelicals who won't even have a TV in their house, hold independent church services at their house and sing horrifyingly bad hymns like "Yes Jesus Loves Me, The Bible Tells Me So" (this hokum is probably the main reason people become atheists; whatever happened to church hymns by Bach or Cesar Franck?) Their clothes are right out of the Monkey Wards 1977 catalogue and they speak in that anti-intellectual sing-song style.
The pro-choicers are just as big a scream.Read more ›
Great time to watch Citizen Ruth which deals with both sides of this issue. Alexander Payne directs. Laura Dern stars. Not to be missed. Payne also directed George Clooney in Descendants (2011) and Bruce Dern (Laura's dad) in much nominated Nebraska (2013).
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The "abortion debate" seems to be a dispute that will never be resolved, and in Citizen Ruth, Alexander Payne skewers both sides. Read morePublished 11 months ago by (((George Washington, Jr.)))
Citizen Ruth is one of my favorite movies! Laura Dern is splendid in the role of Ruth. A very entertaining movie.Published 14 months ago by Shellie
This is a great social commentary, but it made me weary at times.Published on July 8, 2014 by Cathi Compton
I mainly bought this DVD because one of my most favorite character actresses has a part in this film, Mary Kay Place (from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman). Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Randy B Music/Film/Book Fan!
Excellent satire, clever script (of course--Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne wrote it), and a truly funny performance by Laura Dern. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by William C. Stephens
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