Though she has all the personality of an eggplant, in large part due to her addiction to huffing spray-paint fumes, Ruth Stoops (Laura Dern) is once again pregnant. Her four previous children have been taken away by the state. When the… More Though she has all the personality of an eggplant, in large part due to her addiction to huffing spray-paint fumes, Ruth Stoops (Laura Dern) is once again pregnant. Her four previous children have been taken away by the state. When the police haul her into court after they find her lying in a disheveled, paint-smeared heap in a back alley, the irate, disgusted judge threatens to convict her of "felony criminal endangerment" of her unborn baby if she doesn't visit the local abortion clinic. While cooling her heels in jail and trying to muddle through a decision, Ruth is visited by a friendly group of Christian women. When they learn about her situation, the women post her bail and place her in the home of Gail and her slightly sleazy husband, in hopes of cleaning Ruth up and using her as a poster child for their Pro-Life organization. When the Pro-Choice group finds out, they try to recruit Ruth for their side. In the midst of an increasingly heated and devious battle, sits Ruth who tries to somehow figure out which side will be able to pay her enough cash to start a new life. At times hilarious and others thought-provoking, this razor-sharp satire leaves no character unscathed, pointing out the ludicrousness of people whose earnest promotion of social causes sometimes precludes the wants, needs and rights of the very people they are trying to protect. Laura Dern's right-on performance as the befuddled, self-destructive Ruth is amply supported by a strong cast of veteran character actors, notably Mary Kay Place and Swoosie Kurtz representing the opposing sides. Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd makes a cameo as Ruth's mother.