Unlike most well-meaning made-for-TV problem dramas, this fact-based film doesn’t bury its kernel of truth under a bushel of stereotypes.
Drug-abusing Rowena Lawson (Ann Heche) hops from bed to bed and drags her kids along. Busted in a dope house, she talks the police out of removing her five kids and putting them into foster care. Although they have different fathers, Rowena’s five children have learned to stick together under the watchful eye of teenaged Gracie (Kristen Bell). The manipulative Rowena turns on the waterworks and persuades a motel clerk to give them a free overnight stay, then persuades her elderly, ultra-religious mother, Louella (Diane L...