Picks and Pans Review: Stolen: One Husband

updated 02/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Feb. 27, 9 P.M. ET)


Elliott Gould has just turned 50, and he has been married half that time to Valerie Harper. Yet the first time a pretty girl (Brenda Bakke) winks at him, he dumps his whole life.

Harper, with the help of her best friend (Brenda Vaccaro), begins to wage a campaign of comical harassment. Gould, in turn, sics his savage lawyers on her, and the would-be farce, a sort of small-weapons War of the Roses, is on. It then becomes a question of who will laugh last. It certainly won't be the viewer.

The film is amiable enough but overacted and full of stale jokes and implausibilities. The biggest question: What could a sexy young woman conceivably find attractive about Gould's bumbling puffball? That's an unsolved mystery not even Robert Stack would take on.

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