Picks and Pans Review: The Summer My Father Grew Up
In this artificial melodrama, Matthew (Joshua's Heart) Lawrence plays a youngster caught in the rancorous cross fire between his divorced parents. John (Hooperman) Ritter and Margaret A Fine Romance) Whitton. There's a gratingly desperate quality to both their performances. More appealing in supporting roles are the couple's new mild-mannered mates. Karen (Torch Song Trilogy) Young and Joe (Hill Street Blues) Spano.
Over the course of two endless days, we watch these couples confront a predictable series of contrived tensions until they are able to get their hot little hands on some glib wisdom. As is so often the case in TV dramas, the kid has the movie's most mature perspective.
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