Picks and Pans Review: One Special Victory

updated 12/09/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/09/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Dec. 8, 9 P.M. ET)


John (Night Court) Larroquette plays a shifty, skirt-chasing San Francisco Realtor whose drunken vandalism gets him sentenced to 50 hours of community service coaching a group of developmentally disabled adults in basketball. This self-centered latter-day Scrooge slowly learns values and humility as he brings his team together in time for the Special Olympics—and Christmas.

This utterly predictable tale works better than it should, thanks to a fine cast (Denis Arndt, Kathy Baker, Phil Hartman, Ray Walston and Joe Pantoliano). Larroquette handles both sides of his flip-flop role—cynicism and sentiment—with verve.

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