Picks and Pans Review: Side by Side
updated 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
The names Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle and Morey Amsterdam are supposed to bring to mind some long-gone golden age of TV. But what they bring to TV today is something else: stale cigar smoke and staler jokes. These old stars and their honorable names are exploited to produce this lazily plotted, sloppily written exercise in stereotypes of feisty, spunky old folks. Thomas, Caesar and Berle play buddies who are forced into retirement but fight back, starting their own company to make clothes for old people. The script randomly throws obstacles in their way, but the tough old coots win in the end, of course. If you're a dentist, you may want to watch Side by Side as a festival of dentures. But if you're not a dentist, there's no reason to watch.