Synopsis: Virginia is a charming, yet mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and illegitimate son, Emmett. But her longest love belongs to the local-married-Mormon Sheriff, who is running for public office and might very well be Emmett's father. This boardwalk town's well-kept secrets are threatened when Virginia's son begins a romantic relationship with Tipton's daughter. "What's Wrong With Virginia" is a humorous, heartfelt drama that pokes at the American dream as it charges toward a climactic shoot out that begs the question: can a woman like Virginia ever play the part of mom?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Dustin Lance Black
Production: Entertainment One
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

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Keep those cameras away.

How you feelin', sweetie pie?

Well, my head isn't so hot anymore.


I swear to God,

they told me you were a dead man.

I'm right here, honey.

Can we get outta here, Dick?


You look real nice, Dick.

Let's play a game

while we wait, huh?

Do you know where Em is?

Let's say the game is... can go any place, anytime,

as long as you say it out loud to me.

I don't need

to be playin' that game anymore.

Go ahead.


Go ahead.

Tell me what went wrong.

All I'll say is...

it wasn't just me.

Everybody I know in town wants out,

but they can't.

Lord knows,

me and Emmett've been tryin'

to move outta here.

Just not like this.

I think I might've f***ed it up, Willie.

I mean, Virginia Beach town is fine

three months out of the year.

But September to May,

it starts getting' cold.

The snow comes.

Anybody with their head

screwed on right

moves the hell outta here

the first chance they get.

And if you ask me,

things started gettin' real bad

about a year ago.

Back when that TV-show came to town.

All their cameras,

microphones, whatever.

Sheriff, can you give us your take

on what happened here tonight?

I believe we need to make examples out

of each and every one of these criminals.

Where's the groceries?

I forgot our list.

On a state level, as well.

That's why I'm running for a seat

on this great state's Senate in November.

- Well, good luck to you, Sheriff.

- Thank you.

So what we have here tonight

is a classic example...

Got it all figured out?

All taken care of.


Yeah, I see them lookin' at me.

I know it.

I hear you loud and clear.

How 'bout I take these with me, then,

and I'll wash you and you and you later?


- All right, so we did this.

- Mm-hmm.


Our Heavenly Father,

thank you for guiding my words and actions

with the TV folks tonight.

Forgiving me this time with Virginia.

And, most of all, for keeping us safe

from worldly harm.

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.



If you do a good job in this life,

then you get a planet of your own

when you die, right?


Just like our Heavenly Father did

before he made us.

Right. And he had wives... heaven?

So... will I be there with you?

Of course, we'll all be there, together.

And who's the boss?

- You?

- You bet.

Well, then, do you have to use

the same colours for things on this planet,

or do you get to pick your own?

I bet we get to make

some choices of our own.

Then we should make people

more colourful.

Like have blue ones,

and red.

And there are colours

we ain't even thought of.

That could be your job.

He keeps on his special,

prayed-on Mormon underwear

when we do it,

'cause Mormon underwear

have special powers

to protect folks

from bullets and demons...

...and probably for him,

to keep women who sleep

with married Mormon men

quiet and not pregnant.

It's been goin' on

ever since she was 16,

when he gave her a ride

back to her foster home

after she tried burnin' down her school,

not long before she had me.

My birth certificate's all blank

in the "Father" spot.

So when I was three,

she told me my dad was this NASCAR driver

that had come through town.

You see, you let your kid

go tellin' everybody

that his daddy

just won the Daytona 500.

And after about 20 fights,

I only had one friend left.

And he's a haemophiliac,

professional babysitter.

Come here. Let me look.

Easy. Easy now.

I think it stopped.

Yeah, you sure about that?

And the only girl

that'd give either of us the time of day

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Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black (born June 10, 1974) is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist. He has won a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for the 2008 film Milk. Black is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and writer of 8, a staged reenactment of the federal trial that led to a federal court's overturn of California's Proposition 8. more…

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