|There are woefully few photos of this movie online for me to rip off,|
so you will have to settle for this pic of George C. Scott slapping someone.
With a name like "Country Justice," I was hoping that the runner-up of Pick-a-Flick Friday wasn't going to contain many courtroom scenes--and that's even before I knew it was a movie about a custody case. As anyone who has gotten the flu or had a bad break-up can attest to, if you watch LMN for more than 10 hours, a child custody plotline is bound to crop up. And I've found that the fewer courtroom scenes in the movie, the better.
calls her.). By the third appeal, I was all, "haven't you idiots heard of joint custody?!" and vowed to limit my exposure to bad TV movies that have a lot of courttime.
|If you photoshopped out|
her right arm....
It all starts on Rachael's 15th birthday, when she begins to wonder about her mother (Sheedy), who abandoned her when she was a baby and ran over the border...of Kentucky and Virgina. Her grandpa (Scott) tells Rachael "never you mind," but she runs away anyway and shows up at her mother's Virginia doorstep. Soon, she learns that her mother listens to music too loudly, lives with a hot guy who wanders around with his shirt off, and--surprise, surprise--doesn't give a shit about her. Even worse, the hot guy slips her some roofies and takes her virginity, impregnating her in the process.
This is where Grandpa first grabs his shotgun, but Rachael convinces him not to shoot nobody (double negatives mine, these country folk had far too perfect grammar), and that they shouldn't press charges. And when Rachael's pregnancy test comes back positive, Gramps tells his granddaughter that he'd be happy to help raise his great-grandchild too. (I have to at least give the old guy credit for also telling her that it's her choice to not have the baby.)
But who woulda thunk it? In the movie's first courtroom scene, the guy who raped the 15 year-old and has been stalking her ever since gets custody of the baby, because the case is tried in Virginia! Damn those Virignians, and those goddamn courtroom scenes!
|The film's DVD cover,|
with a more apt title
Meanwhile, there's another excruciatingly bad scene in court, this time in Kentucky, where they reverse the decision and give Rachael custody. The rapist is still never brought up on charges, the cops don't arrest the Grandpa for kidnapping, and everyone's happy--even Ally Sheedy, who has quit the smack and taken an interest in her new granddaughter. But when the hot crazy rapist shows up at the house again, Grandpa has no choice but to get out his shotgun...and that's when George C. Scott yells, "take that, you sick motherfucker!" and shoots the guy in the head.
Unfortunately, the movie didn't actually end that way--it ended with Grandpa dropping Rachel off at high school while she does a cheery voice-over. Some Country Justice! There wasn't even an axe in the movie. The courts just ruin everything.