Picks and Pans Review: Battling for Baby

updated 01/13/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Jan. 12, 9 P.M. ET)

C+

Suzanne Pleshette and Debbie Reynolds play former childhood friends who part bitterly and take divergent paths in life. Pleshette is a snooty concert pianist and Reynolds is a meddling mother and a beautician—Hollywood's overworked signifier of the plain Jane. When their kids (Courteney Cox Arquette and John Terlesky) marry each other and have a baby, it brings the two antagonists back into firing range of each other.

It's a rather dull effort that manages to take Pleshette's wonderfully withering way with hauteur and coat it with marshmallow. But the cast works diligently to earn the movie's all's-well ending.

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