Picks and Pans Review: Friends at Last
CBS (Sun., April 2, 9 p.m. ET)
In her first television movie, Kathleen Turner plays a devoted wife to a man (Colm Feore) who is a rising star in journalism. As the movie begins, he has just started writing a column called Manhattan Diary for a paper that is a thinly veiled New York Times. Soon there isn't room in their marriage for anything but Feore's ego, which is inflating like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
This is a harsh, painful-to-watch film about divorce, with an overwritten, contrived script. (Only the marital discord sounds authentic.) After a prolonged slog through depression and resentment, Turner finally begins to reacquire self-confidence, only to be struck down by disease. And the movie's convenient pathos-drenched ending does little to salve the humiliating sting of the previous 2 hours during which Turner's character is discounted, ignored and mistreated by family and friends.
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