Citizen Ruth
Character: Ruth Stoops
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Written by: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Produced by: Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods
Other cast: Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place, Mary Kay Place
Release date: August 24, 1996 (Canada)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running time: 1h 46min

"Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops, a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly dissolves into a media circus.


→ Life, liberty, money and the pursuit of happiness. She’s gotta have it.
→ A Pro-Laugh comedy.
→ Meet Ruth Stoops…One Bad Mother.


Diane Ladd, Laura Dern’s real life mother plays her mother in the film.


You wanna send a message? I ain’t no fucking telegram, bitch!
Nothing’s wrong! I’m fine now. You think I’m a fool. You’re the fool, cause guess what? This is a war and Diane’s a spy. How bout that?

Yeah, um, it means that I don’t have to go to jail and it means I don’t have to have another baby and it means that I can start getting my life together …

I’m gonna stay here. and I’m gonna have that abortion like I wanted. ‘Cause I’m a citizen and… and I got my rights to, um, PICK!