Losing Isaiah Review

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An African-American baby, abandoned by his crack addicted mother is adopted by a white social worker and her husband.


After drug addict Kahlia (Halle Berry) leaves her crack-addicted babe on a rubbish dump, the sprog is rescued and adopted by social worker Margaret (Jessica Lange). When Kahlia, now in prison rehab, learns that her son is alive and well and living with a white family, she decides she wants him back. Samuel L. Jackson plays her brief who believes that black babies belong with black mothers. Lange is one-dimensional as the hand-wringing adoptive mother, but Berry’s transformation from alley cat to saint of the courtroom is convincing. For a film that aims to serve up a hot issue, it leaves you feeling starved; it could have been extremely good, instead it’s merely half-baked.

Never really gets out of first gear.