Picks and Pans Review: Six Weeks

updated 01/31/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/31/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

A movie is in trouble when its saccharine plot centers on the incipient death of a 12-year-old girl. A movie is in trouble when it casts Britisher Dudley Moore as a politician running for Congress in Southern California. A movie is in trouble when it uses Mary Tyler Moore as an austere, rigidly stylish woman mulling over an affair with a married man while in emotional turmoil over her daughter's refusal to take treatments for leukemia. A movie is in trouble when the dying daughter, as played by Katherine Healy, oozes precocious piety from every pore. A movie is in trouble when it ladles out a soupy piano score to heighten the gloom. A movie is in trouble when, as in this one directed by Tony Bill and written by David Seltzer, it almost makes the audience wish the supposedly sympathetic child would hurry up and expire. Six Weeks is a movie in trouble. (PG)

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