Picks and Pans Review: Why Would I Lie?

updated 10/27/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/27/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

Why, indeed? It would be fibbing to say that this movie was powerfully directed, expertly acted and filled with insights about the human condition. Still, compared to such recent lachrymose travesties as The Promise and Somewhere in Time, this "return to romance" is light, funny and affecting. Treat (Hair) Williams is at his most engaging as a Spokane, Wash. social worker who resorts to "fabrications," as he calls them, because they are more interesting than facts. He becomes obsessed with returning an adorable orphan (newcomer Gabriel Swann) to his real mother. Lisa (Yanks) Eichhorn, a conquest of Treat's, radiates warmth in a role more complex than it first appears. Director Larry (The Other Side of the Mountain) Peerce, an expert at tugging the old heartstrings, plies his trade again here. Saccharin? Yes. Oversimplified? Yes. Truth to tell, it's refreshing, too. (PG)

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