Picks and Pans Review: The Yarn Princess

UPDATED 03/28/1994 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/28/1994 at 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sun., March 27, 9 p.m. ET)

C+

In this hankie-soaking movie based on actual events, Jean Smart (Designing Women) stars as a sweet, simpleminded woman. When her saintly husband (Murphy Brown's Robert Pastorelli) becomes incapacitated, she struggles to care for a brood of six young boys, a responsibility for which she is woefully ill-equipped. Even the simplest skills, such as preparing meals, are beyond her.

The emotional impact of this pathos-drenched drama is like that of a filthy panhandler: it's an undeniably tragic prospect but something of an unwelcome intrusion.

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