Picks and Pans Review: American Playhouse: Ask Me Again

updated 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Wed., Feb. 8, 9 P.M. ET)

B+

Two disgustingly rich New York mothers insist that their two pathetically perfect children are meant for each other and surely will marry someday. That, of course, makes the poor kids loathe each other. "He," the girl says of the boy, "is the curse of my youth." But the mothers won't give up. So Leslie (Talk Radio) Hope, as the girl, plots to rid herself of Robert Bruce, as the boy, by any means possible—by practically living with a liberal, by trying to seduce the boy's ne'er-do-well brother (D.W. Moffett) and even by suffering through a date and dinner with the boy himself. In the end, this delightfully deft adaptation of a Laurie Colwin tale is not only a comedy and a romance but also a horror story—about the terrifying prospect that a mother could actually be right.

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