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Snap Decision (2001)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 June 2001
Single mother Jennifer Bradley often lets her young children run around and frolic at home in diapers, underwear or even the bare. She thinks nothing of it when their godmother Carrie Dixon... See full summary »

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Alan Metzger

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Randy Sue Coburn (story), Ara Watson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mare Winningham ... Jennifer Bradley
Felicity Huffman ... Carrie Dixon
Chelcie Ross ... Det. John Collins
Megan Fahlenbock ... Sarah Jenkins
Ronn Sarosiak Ronn Sarosiak ... Steve Godwin
Chuck Shamata ... Jack Bradley
Amy Zell Amy Zell ... Lauren Bradley
Alex Gaistman Alex Gaistman ... Sophie Bradley
Alexander Cameron Drogemuller Alexander Cameron Drogemuller ... Luke Bradley (as Alexander Drogemuller)
Marcia Bennett ... Barbara
Natalie Sanborn Natalie Sanborn ... Brandi
Kevin Jubinville ... Ted Jenkins
Karen LeBlanc ... Eliza Hunt
Sugith Varughese ... Dr. Nayyar
Susan Henley Susan Henley ... Myra
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Storyline

Single mother Jennifer Bradley often lets her young children run around and frolic at home in diapers, underwear or even the bare. She thinks nothing of it when their godmother Carrie Dixon, Jen's best friend since college, joins in and shoots 36 pictures of their rumbling. But the photo lab reports, as the law and the Bush era 'moral majority' prudish mentality require, reports this 'possible child pornography' to the police. Chicago PD detective John Collins takes the case. The children are placed in temporary custody with their grandparents by the court at Social Services' initial recommendation. Attorney Steve Godwin accepts to defend his friend Jen. The case seems to cool, but then Jen is arrested and tried for multiple child abuse. Written by KGF Vissers

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One mother must fight back to prove her innocence or lose her children.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snap Judgment See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Too much good stuff at the beginning?
22 March 2003 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The movie starts with spontaneous fun in the family. It's a terrific sequence. I don't know when I've seen anything with two or three kids in it staged so believably. Maybe someone in charge thought that the scene was the best part of the movie, because though it goes on and on, parts of the rest of the story remain undeveloped.

Mare Winningham for the umpteenth time plays a woman who is dealt a blow by circumstance. She does it magnificently as always, but this time she has very little to work with except the basic premise of being a successful mother (as if the script didn't provide enough indications, there's a certificate on the wall dedicated to "MOM") who, together with a friend, is falsely accused of abuse.

Knowing that abusers are not always the people you'd suspect, does her family feel certain they can trust her? Can she really trust her friend? The questions are raised and then quickly cast off by the wayside. When Mare says to a friend something like, "Thank you for helping me learn how to let myself be helped," she's telling us something that the script doesn't give us much of a chance to see. When her friend raises the idea of going to Italy, it's out of the blue and not fully explained. Italy, with its fashion and design industries, is not exactly noted for a lack of sexual abuse. But here, perhaps, somebody took a detail from the true story without bothering to polish it up.

The script basically gives us one woman against the world, rather than pursuing any opportunities to play with the mix of trust and suspicion between her and the various other characters she encounters.


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