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Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many (1993)

Patty Nowakowski already has three children, but decides to be a surrogate mother. Fully confident of being able to give up her baby, she is nonetheless stunned when she discovers that she ... See full summary »

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Patty Nowakowski already has three children, but decides to be a surrogate mother. Fully confident of being able to give up her baby, she is nonetheless stunned when she discovers that she is expecting twins, and the couple for whom she is pregnant will only accept one child, provided it is female. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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a typical lifetime movie..... until the unusually simple ending
17 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie set itself up for drama drama drama and then... nothing. It had potential from the very beginning. The storyline was excellent, the actors seemed prepared for the worst, and then there was an unusually easy ending.

When Patty Nowakowski (Michele Greene) decides to help out a mother in need by becoming a surrogate, she and her husband are surprised by the couple they meet. Bill and Sharon Davis are rich, powerful, and already have a child. Their problem is that they want a girl- and ONLY a girl. They agree to take the baby no matter what defects the baby may have and sign a contract to "seal the deal." Patty becomes pregnant with twins (a boy and a girl). That's when Bill explains that Sharon has a life-threatening illness and she can only take the girl. Patty gives birth to the children and the Davis's only take the girl. The drama builds up big time and lasts up until the last 15 minutes..... and that's when everyone needs to just turn off their TVs because the rest of the movie is far too simple.

The acting is done excellently by all of the actors. Keep an eye out for the Davis's (Stephen Macht and Nancy Stafford) who are so versatile. You don't know whether to hate them or feel bad for them. While Patty and Aaron Nowakowski (Michele Greene and Conor O'Farrell) seem to make this difficult situation so easy. The story would've been much better had Aaron Nowakowski (O'Farrell) been fighting against his wife instead of with her.

When it comes to watching Lifetime movies, you automatically tend to expect drama revolving around women up until the very last minute, with a heavy climax to the story and a "Phew!! An unsettling sigh of relief!" Do not turn to this movie if that's what you're expecting. This movie is over 15 minutes before it actually ends. The only reason you'll watch until the ending is because you'll be waiting for something big to happen and be utterly disappointed. 4 out of 10 for everything up until the ending.


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