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

USA (Wed., April 11, 9 P.M. ET)

C-

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.

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