Picks and Pans Review: Maybe Baby

updated 12/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Dec. 5, 9 p.m. ET)

C-

Even if this two-hour movie were a half-hour sitcom, it still would feel thin. The first five minutes are just fine. We meet tough ol' Dabney Coleman as an adoring grandpop. We meet his young wife, Jane Curtin, as a career woman who clearly can't stand his kids or any kids. Fine. But then—zap—the characters turn inside out. Curtin now wants a kid so badly she begs Coleman and cries. Coleman doesn't want a kid and suddenly doesn't seem to like them. Then he flip-flops again and suddenly wants a little nipper. So you're left with confusion—with characters drained of credibility who are then forced to walk through the usual marital clichés: the men playing poker, the pregnant mom eating pickles and getting moody, the parents-to-be making the mad dash to the hospital at delivery time. It's a waste of a good beginning.

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