Picks and Pans Review: On the Occasion of Lincoln's Birthday, This Film Regards Our 16th President Through the Eyes of His Youngest

updated 02/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

son, 7-year-old Tad (Bug Hall).

The high jinks of this happy hellion make him a bull calf in the White House china shop. He races around disrupting the Cabinet meetings of Dad (Kris Kristofferson) as well as the tea parties of Mom Jane Curtin). Then affairs of state and personal tragedies intrude.

This is a purposefully puerile project, clumsy but sweet. Its best feature is Kristofferson's plangent portrait of melancholy Abe as a devoted, indulgent father.

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