Thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita teeter on the edge of poverty, despite Rita working multiple jobs. When their landlord kicks them out, Rita uses her looks to instantly reel in a boyfriend, who takes them in. Before long, Ruthie convinces her mother to leave and they head East in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in a small town called Fat River where their luck finally takes a turn. Rita lands a steady job waitressing at the local diner. With enough money to pay their bills, they rent a house and Fat River becomes the first place they call home. Peter Pam, a transgender waitress, becomes Ruthie's closest friend. The townspeople become Ruthie and Rita's family. Into this quirky utopia comes smooth-talking mortgage broker Vick Ward, who entices Rita with a subprime loan. Almost as soon as Rita buys a house their fortunes change. Faced once again with the prospect of homelessness, Rita reverts to...
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Portions of the movie were filmed in Monsey, New York, a suburb in the Lower Hudson Valley just outside of the city. See more
At 16:22, Rita's audio is "same plan" but her lips read "okay". See more
What I like about chess is you can learn as you go along. You can't win just by only making forward moves. Sometimes you have to take a step back or even lose a few pieces to move forward. I think you just have to be patient. You know, that's what they say about it.
"Me, Myself And I'
Written by Winfred L. Lovett
Performed by Norma Jenkins
Courtesy of Carnival Records
By Arrangement with Westwood Music Group See more