Picks and Pans Review: 12:01
updated 07/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Press materials for this two-hour movie take pains to make clear that it is based on a science-fiction short story, Richard Lupoff's 12:01 P.M., and the Oscar-nominated short that was adapted from that. None of this will alter your sense of déjà vu: Like Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray comedy of six months ago, 12:01 is about a man (Jonathan Silverman) who finds himself living the same 24 hours over and over again. Why? An experiment subatomic-particle acceleration has gone awry, tearing the fabric of time. And for some reason, only Silverman, who works in the personnel department of the high-tech company handling the research, realizes that life has become a skipping record.
Ah, records—vinyl records. Do you remember them? But that's all in the past. Which is what you'll wish this resolutely unenjoyable movie were.