To add to his difficulties, he takes on a new black maid (Regina Taylor) who is not afraid to voice her opinions. Bedford's children come straight out of the Waltons' Book of Southern Stereotypes. Fifteen-year-old Nathan (Jeremy London) is a jock with a heart; 13-year-old Francie (Ashlee Levitch) is unbearably precocious - 'You look sexy today, dad; sex appeal wins trials' - and six-year-old John Morgan (John Aaron Bennett) is a cutesy mummy's boy. The courtroom scenes are scarcely less predictable; at one point, the judge sustains an objection with the hoary old line: 'Mr Bedford, let's keep the editorials for the newspapers.' Worthy, but wordy.