Picks and Pans Review: A Place to Be Loved

updated 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., April 4, 9 p.m. ET)

C

This is the second (and better) of two network movies this season based on the precedent-setting case of Gregory K. (played here by Tom Guiry), the 11-year-old boy who last year successfully sued to sever the parental rights of his biological mother so that he could be adopted by his foster parents. This one is a bland dramatization, and sappily manipulative. (So much hugging goes on you'd swear Leo Buscaglia must have been a consultant.) What impact the movie has it owes to Richard Crenna, a consummate TV actor, as the foster dad. On the other hand, Rhea Perlman (Cheers) is supremely unconvincing as the lawyer who represents the boy. Linda Kelsey and Cotter Smith costar.

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