Picks and Pans Review: We Are the Children

updated 03/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Mon., March 16, 9 p.m. ET)

B

Just as the hype and helpfulness of Live Aid and company begin to wear off, a Paulist priest produces a movie to remind us about people starving in the world. Ally Sheedy plays an exceedingly naive young doctor who comes to Ethiopia in 1984 "to make a difference." She wises up a bit when she falls in love with Ted (Cheers) Danson as a TV reporter and argues about God with Judith (The Long Hot Summer) Ivey as a nun. Next to Danson and Ivey, who give their roles real warmth, Sheedy's character sounds shallow (like her theological discussions). But the movie's problems with freshman philosophy and first-time love are minor, like my criticism of them. You also see Sheedy's doctor grow up brutally fast when she has to dole out a limited supply of food, deciding who is well enough to eat and who must starve. That is one extraordinarily wrenching scene, one of many made with sensitivity. When Children sticks to its cause, it is a fine film.

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