Picks and Pans Review: A Message from Holly

updated 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Dec. 13, 9 P.M. ET)

C+

When an artist (Lindsay Wagner) living in rustic splendor finds out she has only months to live, she contacts her college roommate (Shelley Long), a high-powered workaholic Chicago stockbroker, and asks her to bring up her 6-year-old daughter (Molly On). In other words, the makers of this film have taken the Bette Midler-Barbara Hershey weeper, Beaches, and put a country mouse-city mouse spin on it.

This maudlin melodrama is full of predictable histrionics, as when Long whimpers. "You promised when we were 85 years old that we'd be tango queens and we'd go dancing with all the cute old guys in town. You promised." But a crisp presentation keeps this Kleenex cavalcade from bogging down too deeply. Cotter Smith and Macdonald Care costar.

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