The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother.

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Maylene
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Ruth
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Ruby
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Aunt Syd
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DeeDee
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Arty
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Det. Shepard
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Mr. Davidson
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Bill
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Daisy
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Mr. Kate
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Det. Ryan
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Lou
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Academically brilliant Mark was his family's pride and joy, if not the whole small town's, but ultimately triumphantly leaves for MIT. Then his single mother Maylene, who never got over losing their father Willard, has to transfer her attention to gray mouse Ruth. half-wit local 'bad boy' Ruben 'Ruby Doll' becomes Ruth's lover and moves in, but domineering Maylene treats him like unwelcome trash. That changes when the love birds are pregnant, but Maylene soon imposes her standards for raising grandson Justy, leading to a grim climax. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Ruth is first discovering the letter condemning her marriage, a mic is visible within and above her V-neck, but gone the next shots. See more »

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Policeman: [siren wails in the background and men speak as the camera is trained on a beaten, traumatized Ruth] Who called it in?
Policeman 2: A man across the way heard screams; said it wasn't the first time.
Policeman: I need to see him. So, what do we got?
Policeman 2: A dead body and a mute.
[walks over to Ruth]
Policeman 2: Talk to me, Ruth. Those bruises are pretty bad. How'd you get those bruises, Ruth? What happened, Ruth?
Ruth: [voiceover] I'm the only one that can tell the story from beginning to end. What it begins with is Maylene, my mother, and the ...
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A dysfunctional mother and daughter torment each other.
31 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a comment rather than a review. The description on this title is misleading, i.e.,: "Tensions arise when a newlywed has her husband move into the house of her verbally abusive mother."

Although the mother has many emotional and mental issues and clearly has mistreated her daughter, the daughter has similar issues and marries a rock-bottom loser, who moves in with the mother, allows her to support them and verbally abuses the mother. The mother is appropriately shocked at her daughter's choice in a husband and shows more compassion and patience by tolerating their obnoxious behavior as they take advantage of her. In my view, this is a most unpleasant movie. I have not watched all of it, but I hope the mother and daughter can come to some resolution of their mental disorders and their relationship with each other. The acting is fine, it's just not a story that appeals to me.


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