Picks and Pans Review: Carpool

updated 10/10/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/10/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

This witty TV movie is an inspired break from the usual laugh-track comedies. Members of a computer-matched carpool become involved in a cops-and-robbers caper when they find a fortune in cash. Of course, the quartet of commuters are all wrong for each other. Harvey Korman is a Milquetoast whose wife constantly reminds him that everything they have belongs to her; T.K. Carter is a scruffy odd-jobber; Peter Scolari is an aspiring actor; Stephanie Faracy is an ex-nun who wants to return the money. On their trail is Ernest Borgnine as a tough ex-cop who comes out of retirement to track down the feckless carpoolers. The veteran performers work beautifully together. The script (which has as many turnoffs as the Los Angeles freeways) makes about as much sense as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World—and it's almost as funny.


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