Picks and Pans Review: A Bunny's Tale
ABC (Monday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. ET)
The year is 1963, when Gloria Steinem was still a Miss not a Ms. For the sake of a magazine story, she became a Playboy bunny and learned enough about men, and what they did to women, to run the revolution. In New York's Playboy Club, Steinem learned how to walk with a wiggle and "give those boys a treat," how to pad her bust with socks (and a reporter's notebook) and how to put up with pig squeals that passed for jokes from customers. But more important she learned how to help other women—the physically abused mother of three, the roommate who judged her worth by the men in her life and not by her own talent at art. It is an effective and entertaining story of a woman's awakening, and Kirstie (Star Trek II) Alley is convincing as Steinem. There's just one small part of A Bunny's Tale that doesn't cut it: a subplot about Steinem and her boyfriend (played by Cotter Smith), a playwright who's bringing the life of Jonas Salk to the stage. The guy comes off as one insufferable, egotistical boor. Surely Steinem had better taste in men.
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