Picks and Pans Review: Because Mommy Works

updated 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Nov. 21, 9 p.m. ET)

A-

Don't be fooled by that maudlin title or the movie's weepy plot (an exemplary mother is dragged into a child-custody fight by her daddy-come-lately ex merely because she refuses to give up a rewarding career in nursing). This film is a subtle and even-handed examination of our entrenched assumptions about parental roles, further distinguished by excellent acting, most notably from Anne Archer and John Heard as the contentious parents.

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