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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Elton
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Stand-in for Christine Lahti
Bill Meilen ...
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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While Maylene, was calling the police, Ruby knocked the phone from her hands, and minutes later, the phone appeared while he was choking her. See more »

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DeeDee: [offscreen] ... two whole days!
Maylene: [hands her a drink she poured] Here, drink up, DeeDee; it's good for the nerves.
DeeDee: [shaking head] Probably hooked up with some trucker and is off gone on down the interstate.
Maylene: Oh, honey...
DeeDee: Aren't you going to have one?
Maylene: Oh, no.
[raises hand in refusal]
Maylene: Never before 5:00.
[DeeDee speaks indistinctly while Ruth is shown in the background, with a voiceover]
Ruth: My mother's friend DeeDee thought Maylene had a TV show life.
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Intelligent, but more negative than positive, thought out
3 May 2004 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie last evening. I have the following problem with the ending. No effort was made at any time to stop the abuse toward the young man which I believe drove him further towards abuse than away from it. There appeared to be no intervention to help stop the drinking or the drugs, only criticism. There were only negative reactions to his actions from others, other than from his young wife. What bothered me is that the emphasis at the ending was towards the young wife remembering positively some of the actions of the mother towards her as she 1) owns the home, 2) gets to go live with her very wealthy aunt,3) gets to keep the baby. There is never any indication of how the young man will be treated, will he be visited, allowed to see his son, etc. I think men are not protrayed very well at all in this film, and I am not sure that women are either. That's the end of my comments.


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