Synopsis: When an inmate is granted one weekend out of prison to see her dying mother, a rookie correction officer struggles to keep her under control.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Laurie Collyer
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

[film reels ticking]

[alarm buzzing]

[door clanking]

[indistinct chatter]

Come on, step up.


right up to the door.

Let's see those

pretty mugs.

[instrumental music]

Nineteen hundred

and sixty-three

They came inside

for armed robbery

Now one night late

I made my break


I say it's

too late to quit

I can't stand oh no

In the old barn

Let me tell you

what I want now

I want love

and affection

Not the house

of correction

I want love


Not the house

Of correction

I can't stand oh no

In the old barn

I gotta say it

one more time

I want love

and affection


House of correction

I want love

and affection

Not the house

of correction

I can't stand oh no

in the old barn


I want to go home

[music continues]

[alarm buzzing]

Let me say

what I want

I want love

and affection

Not the house

of correction

I want love

and affection..


I can't stand oh no

In the old barn

I want to go home

I want to go home..

[alarm buzzing]

[indistinct chatter on TV]

- Nicole.

- What?

How long are you gonna

frost that thing for?

I just want to make sure

that the icing is perfect

so the canvas

on which to paint...

It's a sheet cake.

Sheet cakes

are not supposed to..

Have you been

to a church bake off?

Listen, at least you can

eat this cake, okay?

I like the cake I made.

- You are a diabetic.

- And?

And it was full of sugar.

You remember

to take your pills?

- I don't think I did.

- I don't think you did either.

- No.

- Go on.

[cell phone ringing]


Oh, no. Okay.


Alright, thank you.

What's the matter?

That's work.

I gotta go in

early today.

- Today?

- Yeah.

But it's my birthday.

[indistinct chatter]


Come on. Fork it over.

Come on.


You going

to your meeting?

- Oh, yeah. On my way.

- Alright. Okay.

[Carmen laughing]

- One step at a time.

- Have a good night!

[instrumental music]


There's two cakes

back there.


And you like the food?

Yeah. This is good, mom.

Well, there you go.

There you go.

- Hey, y'all.

- Hey!

I have to go.

I don't know

how you do it.

Being a part

of the brutal mass

incarceration system.

Imagine how much more

brutal it would be

if I wasn't working in it?

I know I couldn't do it.

Don't eat off his plate.


I don't have a plate.

I'll make you a plate,

do you want a plate?

Ma, she's getting ready

to go.

Love you, sis.

Love you too.

- Love you, Junior. Bye.

- Bye.

We'll save you some cake.


Save me a piece of both.

You gonna win

that karaoke contest.

Aahh hoo-ah hoo-aah!

Hoo-ha oh!

Bh-bube bh-bube


[knock on door]


Do re mi fa

so la ti do

Do re mi fa so la ti..


Oh, uh, you wanted

to see me, warden?

Come here, sit down.

Stevens, how would you

like the opportunity

to prove yourself?


Listen, Stevens,

first thing tomorrow

I need you to escort

a prisoner on a death bed

visit downstate.

I appreciate it, sir,

but I don't think

that I can get away

on such short notice

I'm sorry.

I recall you saying

you were trying to get

a full time position here.

Yeah, I did.

Well, let's use this as an

opportunity to prove it.

Uh, yeah. Okay.

Yes! Excellent!

Stevens, I knew

you'd come through for me.

First thing tomorrow.

Get out of here.

See you tomorrow.

[instrumental music]

Come here

and lie beside me.

[music continues]

[door buzzing]


warden wants to see you.

Why? What's going on?

How the heck do I know?

You can ask him yourself.

Get up.

Uh, Anderson, there's no,

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