Picks and Pans Review: Baby Girl Scott
updated 05/25/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/25/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Okay, that's it. I want you three network bosses to report to my office this week so you can sign an agreement promising that next season you will not make any more disease-of-the-week movies. Just healthy people, huh, guys? I'm sick of all the sickness. I'm tired of the exploitation. I'm afraid that you're going to make tragedy, suffering and death look predictable and dull. You can quit while you're ahead with this, the season's last malady movie, a sincere and respectable show about parents' rights to control the life of their severely damaged, premature baby. The script is manipulative in moments and makes its debate one-sided, pitting one poor mom against a bunch of big, bad doctors (so she gets all the sympathy). Mary Beth Hurt and John Lithgow do their best as the parents. The movie's okay. But I, for one, am tired of having my tears jerked.