Picks and Pans Review: The Kissing Place
updated 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
A boy (Nathaniel Moreau) displays disturbing behavior at his grade school. Hardly surprising, considering his home life. Mom (Meredith Baxter-Birney) is a compulsive on the fast track to psychosis.
Before she goes totally thermonuclear and kills her hubby (David Ogden Stiers), Baxter-Birney presents a chilling blend of insouciance and obsession. Laurence Rosenthal has composed a stirring, portentous score that recalls the work of Edward Herrmann. But director Tony Wharmby can't sustain the tension, vitiating the impact of the music and Baxter-Birney's performance.