Picks and Pans Review: Lies of the Heart: the Story of Laurie Kellogg

updated 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Mon., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. ET)

D +

In this tawdry, fact-based film, Jennie Garth of Beverly Hills, 90210 plays Kellogg, who at age 16 moves in with an ill-tempered older guy (Gregory Harrison) she met in a bar. lies no Prince Charming, but anything's better than the trailer park near Harrisburg, Pa., from which her mom and stepfather are about to be evicted.

Over the next decade, Harrison grows angrier and more domineering, even after his child-bride bears him two sons. Eventually, Kellogg learns that her hubby has been molesting teenage girls. Kellogg piles a bunch of kids in her car, including the neighborhood delinquent (Alexis Arquette), and drives up to her husband's remote fishing camp, where Arquette pumps four bullets into the louse.

The movie is overly sympathetic to Kellogg, despite the fact that she's serving a sentence of 25 years to life for killing her husband, and the story is told with no imagination.

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