Picks and Pans Review: Kiss Shot

updated 04/10/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/10/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Tues., April 11, 9 P.M. ET)


Please, Whoopi, not another lovable, warmhearted character. Why can't Hollywood manage to find a vehicle for your irreverent talent? Dispense rage, sarcasm, controversy—anything but hugs and dopey dialogue. In this two-hour TV movie Ms. Goldberg is cast as a single mom who gets laid off from her job at a Silicon Valley computer firm just as a $7,000 balloon mortgage payment is due on her San Jose house. Desperate for money, she visits her estranged parents. But her Bible-thumping dad throws her out, having decided that he will never forgive her for having had a child out of dreadlock. So to save that bungalow, Whoopi gets work as a waitress and moonlights as a hustler. A pool hustler, that is. Maybe they would have been better off calling this movie The Color of Money Is Purple. During a match at a black-tie party, Whoopi finds herself pitted against a devilishly handsome playboy, played by Dorian (Full Metal Jacket) Harewood. Predictably, she becomes a pool for love, upsetting her jealous manager (Dennis Franz). Even though her Prince Charming seems to be ready to brighten Whoopi's dreary life, she seems determined to avoid his romantic overtures, claiming she's "not ready." Whoopi, get real! This is no time to try to turn yourself into Doris Day! Playing Whoopi's teenage daughter is Tasha Scott, whose snide one-liners at least give this hokum a few moments of verve. Now that Whoopi knows the way to San Jose, maybe she can steer herself to better scripts.

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