Picks and Pans Review: Tears and Laughter: the Joan and Melissa Rivers Story

updated 05/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., May 15, 9 p.m. ET)


Rivers and her daughter play themselves (see page 65) in a grotesque TV movie that depicts their falling out and eventual rapprochement after the suicide of husband and father Edgar Rosenberg in 1987.

It's a small, embarrassingly personal boutique film. And it's annoyingly told. Every few minutes Joan addresses the camera in a sort of stand-up soliloquy, like Seinfeld Sits Shiva. Amateurish acting seems to run in the family.

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