Picks and Pans Review: Finish Line

updated 01/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

TNT (Wed., Jan. 11, 8 p.m. ET)


Well, at least the folks at TNT can say they've done it. Every network has to make a disease-of-the-week movie, an issue movie, a father-and-son movie and a sports movie—and here TNT combines all four movies in one. Finish Line stars Josh Brolin as a runner who wants to sprint to the Olympics and fulfill the dreams of his driven dad, played by Josh's real-life pop, James Brolin. But Josh isn't fast enough, so he takes steroids supplied by an artificially beefy weight lifter who calls the drugs "the real breakfast of champions." A newborn baby could predict what happens next: Josh gets faster, but his body rebels; he collapses and disappoints his dad, his girlfriend (Mariska Hargitay), his buddy and his coach. This issue movie looks like every other issue movie, with one serious omission: It doesn't have the stock disease-of-the-week scene in which the doctor explains everything you want to know about steroids. So it isn't terribly enlightening. Instead, it's filled with platitudinous bullpucky: "The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of the commitment you make," says Dad. "Draw on that inner source," says Coach. "My life is not about being second best," says Josh. "Don't bother," says me.

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