Picks and Pans Review: In the Name of Love: a Texas Tragedy
The future looks rosy for the scion of a wealthy Texas family (Michael Hayden) as he graduates from college. Then, in short order, a car wreck leaves him crippled and a slatternly siren (Melrose Place's Laura Leighton) has him hooked. The relationship puts him at loggerheads with his domineering grandpappy (Richard Crenna), who thinks she's trash. After things get bad, they get worse.
The film, inspired by actual events, is overheated and herky-jerky, but the cast makes more of this material than it deserves. The strange thing is, we've already seen similar fact-based TV movies set in the Lone Star State, starring Susan Dey (Bed of Lies) and Heather Locklear (Texas Justice) as low-rent, high-octane hell-raisers. Can't those well-to-do Texas boys stick with the country-club set?