Picks and Pans Review: Cinemax Comedy Experiment: Ron Reagan Is the President's Son

updated 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Cinemax (Jan. 15, 9:30 p.m. ET)

Move over Rodney Dangerfield. Ron (don't call him Junior) Reagan can't get no respect either. The President's dancer-turned-journalist son stars in this half-hour comedic fable based on his own life, a life spent wondering if he gets jobs interviewing people because his mom and dad rule the country—or could it be, oh, I don't know, because he's special? Granted, Pop's a hard comedy act to follow, but young Ron tries, even dancing through Central Park while his Secret Service bodyguards pirouette and jeté alongside him. The script, by Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller), involves a mystery: Has Ron's identity been assumed by an escaped convict-biker sporting a sneer and a tattoo? Ron, who plays both roles, hasn't the presence to keep it all afloat. The special comes off as an exercise in, oh, I don't know, shall we say, vapid self-indulgence?

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