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 survival mode, and the price she pays to keep them out of poverty changes their lives forever. —Happy_Evil_Dude
Katie Holmes will make her mark as Director...but
This adaptation lacks the depth and solemnity of the source material, Annie Weatherwax's novel of the same title. The opening scenes introduce viewers into the story establishing the main theme of the film of an addict who is trying to make a better life for her 14-year-old daughter but the plot rapidly gets boring. Despite the mediocre screenplay, Katie Holmes delivers as Director and actress; Stefania Owen who plays Rita Carmichael (Holmes) daughter Ruthie also delivers a strong performance. Overall this movie proves that Holmes will be able to make her mark as Director with screenplays worthy to make into a film, unfortunately the screenplay of this movie ruined what could have been a great drama.
- Apr 30, 2016
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