What Kind of Mother Are You?

What Kind of Mother Are You?

Noel Nosseck (1996)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This better-than-average melodrama features one of the more disturbing tales in the true story TV-movie genre. Mel Harris gives a decent performance as a mother who decides to let her unruly daughter spend a night in jail after she commits a petty offence with her boyfriend. But jail turns out to be a brutal juvenile detention centre and there's no prospect of imminent release. The nightmare scenario is handled confidently by director Noel Nosseck, a TV-movie specialist best known for his ill-advised remake of the old Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday.


A woman finds it impossible to cope with her rebellious teenage daughter, so decides to scare her into changing her ways by leaving her to spend a night in jail. The plan goes tragically wrong when she discovers getting her child released is far from straightforward. Fact-based drama, starring Mel Harris, Nicholle Tom, Amanda Tapping and Alex Carter.

Cast & Crew

Kelly Jameson Nicholle Tom
Mrs Laura Hyler Mel Harris
Ingrid Elstad Amanda Tapping
Rob Hyler Alex Carter
Jake Jason Cadieux
Bette Patricia Collins
Marcy Hackman Mary Mara
Judge Keiter David Ferry
Director Noel Nosseck
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.