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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Heartbreaking

Author: alliesmom97
30 December 2003

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BIG SPOILERS AHEAD......

This is NOT the story of a woman who is selfishly trying to keep her ex from his child, or who views him only as a source of income. This is the story of a loving mother who also happens to have a busy career as a doctor. She admittedly loves her job and spends a lot of time at it. But hey, realistically, I doubt Daddy was paying enough that she could totally support herself and her son on it, so she also needed the income.

The real story is well captured in the title..."Because Mommy Works".

"Because Mommy Works" and hubby's new wife doesn't, he claims his home would be a better place for little Willie. Note that HE isn't going to stay home and raise Willie--something he thinks his ex wife should do. His new wife is going to do it for him. It was postively sickening to hear the new wife piously explaining to Abbey that "I used to have a career, too, but I decided my children were more important" or some such nonesense.

For a woman to lose custody of her child to her husband so that his new wife can play mommy, and then to have to pay child support besides gives just one more example of how screwed up our system is.

And for the record, I AM a working mom who had two children I adore, I don't think that working makes someone a bad mom or that staying at home necessarily makes someone a good mom, and I don't think "who can be a stay at home mommy" should be the decidng factor in a custody case.

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I find it disgusting this could happen

7/10
Author: Sabre_Wolf from Faversham, England
4 January 2014

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I am not politically correct in fact I hold political correctness in no shortage of scorn as it is just so ridiculous and suffocating but I actually sympathised more with the mother in this though.

However I do admit there are cases the mother was the one in the wrong or even the bad parent or even trying to make herself into the victim when she ain't or whatever but this was not my impression here I thought of Abby as a very caring mother and I found her caring by far more convincing then the boy's father who comes across to me as some arrogant prick and his new wife is no better she is just as self righteous and hypocritical as her husband.

Frankly I don't know which I found more contemptible Abby's ex husband or his new wife in fact I found her mouthing off crap like "I used to have a career too but I decided my children are more important." and so forth in fact that bit made me want to throw up.

So this is not a case of 'divorcee facing reality' in fact there are fathers who face reality but also respectively in case of mothers.

Either way my underlying sympathies were with Abby.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Divorcée faces reality

Author: imdb-597
3 September 2002

Anne Archer plays a divorced woman who lives in the politically correct world where her son's father exists only as a source of child-support payments. When the father, effectively portrayed by John Heard, tries to live up to his responsibilities as a parent, she reacts with jealousy and fear instead of compromise. The parents inability to communicate with each other like adults leads to a custody hearing, with predictable results. The film tries hard to portray the mother sympathetically, but the selfishness of her actions makes it very hard to empathize with her. Although it is certainly not the message the filmmakers intended, hopefully some parents might watch this movie and realize that their children are more than just extensions of themselves.

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