Adopting a child is a mitzvah. But that does not mean that the adopted parent is emotionally prepared for the child that they are raising.
On the surface, Christina Crawford may seem like a lucky young lady. Adopted by film star Joan Crawford, Christina and her brother Christopher were given many of the material comforts of life. But that does not make up the abuse that she alleges in her 1978 book, Mommie Dearest.
In 1981, the book was adapted into a film with Faye Dunaway playing the screen star and Diana Scarwid playing the adult Christina, remembering the abusive childhood she lived through.
This movie is pure camp. But the abuse, especially if one has experienced similar childhood events are frighteningly real.
I recommend it.