Picks and Pans Review: Hello Again

updated 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

In this latest report from Hollywood's born-again front, Shelley Long plays a klutzy suburban housewife who dies and comes back to life one year later—only to find husband Corbin Bernsen remarried to the ambitchious Sela (Nothing in Common) Ward. Not even the deft divorce lawyer Bernsen plays on L.A. Law could resolve the comic possibilities in this situation. But director Frank Perry and writer Susan Isaacs, who collaborated on Compromising Positions, settle for an uncontested divorce from anything remotely funny. Instead of going for the laughs, the filmmakers go for sentiment and succeed in a backhand way. Considering the talent involved, Hello Again is truly sad. (PG)

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