Picks and Pans Review: Right to Kill

updated 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Wednesday, May 22, 9 p.m. ET)

Here's ABC's third movie in three weeks that is based on a true and sadly violent story. This time, Frederic {One From the Heart) Forrest is a psycho dad whose son, Christopher (Firstborn) Collet, decides to protect his sister and mom the only way he knows how, with guns. Daddy dear dies in a hail of bullets. The script, however, doesn't make Forrest real or mean enough to hate; he looks like a poor man's loony Great Santini. And the rest of the family is too wimpy to be sympathetic. Justine (Family Ties) Bateman, as the mean dad's daughter, is a young genius at portraying teen angst; she steals the show. Unfortunately, it's petty theft.

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