Picks and Pans Review: Stop at Nothing
Lifetime (Tues., March 12, 9 P.M. ET)
In a divisive child-custody case that dredges up charges of mental instability and sexual molestation, a father hires Lindsay (Mancuso, F.B.I) Frost, a former DEA operative, to protect his daughter. On her side, the mother has Veronica (Hill Street Blues) Hamel, a renegade feminist who wants to kidnap the child and send her and the mother into hiding. Robert (People Like Us) Desiderio is the cop in the middle.
CBS handled a similar theme last season with greater economy and authority in its In the Best Interest of the Child. Still, it's refreshing to see female action film (pistols, car chases, the whole nine yards).
While the story unfolds slowly and there are some unconvincing performances, Hamel is brisk and believable, and Frost has evolved into one of the most charming and compelling TV actresses, able to inject conviction into even simpleminded scripts like this.
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