A good argument for sterilization... of the director
Movie Lover: call me Z
somewhere out there
-- May, 12, 2006
Also known as Sterilization, The Unborn. A family of genetic misfires called the Masons agree to all be sterilized by some governmental gene-pool-lifeguards in exchange for welfare money. This would be no major loss since they're all either catatonically simpleminded, crippled by birth defects, or terminally shiftless. The only problem is, the daughter Alice isn't like the rest of the Mason clan (because she's secretly adopted), and she's on the verge of getting married and having kids, so she doesn't want to be sterilized. Alice escapes before they can drag her to the hospital, disguises herself as a boy, and starts riding the rails and hitchhiking. The cops catch her, though, and she's about to be spayed unless her boyfriend and other concerned parties can argue them out of it. It won't be easy because the judge is sterilization-happy: the only case he lets go by is a psychotic Eddie Munster lookalike who can't go for two minutes without trying to tear a woman's clothes off, and he only lets that one slip because a senator asks him to! The mother finally admits that Alice isn't really a Mason, but the operation is already starting; can Alice be saved in time? Message film was apparently topical at the time, but is now super-comical instead, with its bizarre depictions of degeneracy. You gotta wonder what they were thinking, showing a kid whose only toys were empty whiskey bottles, and having Mr. and Mrs. Mason still turning out newborn infants when they looked to be at least 70 years old! Unintentional comedy at its best, do not miss this one!