Picks and Pans Review: The Price of Love

updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fox (Tues., Nov. 28, 8 p.m. ET)

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In this MTV-era version of Dante's Inferno, Peter Facinelli plays one of society's throwaways, a teen tossed out of the house by his stepmother. Down and out in L.A., he drifts through the darker precincts of Hollywood. After panhandling for food and living in an abandoned house, he finds shelter with a young male prostitute (Evening Shade's Jay R. Ferguson) and receives tutorials in street survival and the rigors of gay hustling from a modern-day Artful Dodger named Tony (Steven Martini).

The film offers an unsparing look at child desperados who try to keep an eye out for one another. An unsentimental and unsensational dramatization of a troubling issue, this is the TV movie format at its best.

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