Picks and Pans Review: Doing Time on Maple Drive
This is some week for thirtysomething alums. Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig's real-life husband, directs this drama about the shame and secrets lurking beneath a suburban family's varnished facade.
When a Yale student (William McNamara) brings home his wealthy fiancée (Full House's Lori Loughlin) to meet his clan, it's as if she has stepped into a poster for the dysfunctional family. There's the imperious restaurateur dad (James B. Sikking), the too chipper mom (Bibi Besch), the alcoholic brother (In Living Color's Jim Carrey) and the attention-starved sister (Jayne Brook). Anyone up for a game of charades after dinner?
The script takes the afflictions of this family a few contrivances too far, which makes for a wobbly conclusion to this histrionic film. But Olin directs a wonderful cast with the same clarity and restraint he brought to The Broken Cord, the recent ABC movie about fetal-alcohol syndrome.