Picks and Pans Review: I Can Make You Love Me: the Stalking of Laura Black
updated 02/08/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/08/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
The networks have become completely smitten with fact-based movies drawn from monstrous crimes. In this one, Brooke Shields plays a recent college grad who is asked out by a coworker (Richard Thomas) during her first day on the job in California's Silicon Valley. She declines. As time goes by, he grows more and more creepily attentive, following her, writing her long letters and, when that doesn't work, slashing her tires and making thinly veiled threats. Finally he goes on an armed workplace rampage of the sort usually associated with disgruntled postal employees.
Shields is a vacuous presence, but Thomas is effective, playing against type as a twisted obsessive, living in a relationship that exists only in his own mind.