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Not-So-'Good-Mother'

November 27, 1988

I too was enraged by "The Good Mother" and the disservice it does to not only women but children and families. I suspect that no one involved with the film--author Sue Miller, screenwriter Bortman, director Nimoy or actress Keaton--has actually raised a child.

If they had, they could not have been associated with such a ludicrous premise as the film puts forth.

No parent, for example, escapes the occasional interruption of lovemaking by a wakeful child but few, if any, children are aware of the fact. (Molly of the film certainly is not). And no parent would allow his or her child to be taken from him or her in such an inane sequence of events. From one tantrum in the kitchen to acceptance is far, far from believable.

Keaton's character could set back our ever-growing image of strong, independent women a hundred years.

This hardly bodes well for our constitutional right to privacy, let alone for the mental and sexual health of our children. The film is a sham.

I applaud Avins for her comments and The Times for printing them. The film makers should be ashamed of themselves.

PATRICIA McCARTHY

Burbank

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