Picks and Pans Review: One Plus One

updated 10/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Wed., Oct. 18, 8 P.M. ET)


In the successful Karate Kid trilogy, actor Noriyuki "Pat" Morita played Mr. Miyagi, the wise-beyond-belief mentor to Ralph Macchio. This inspirational documentary shows the real-life importance of having mentors. Okay, granted, the premise sounds dull, but the producers bring to life some touching stories of unmotivated students helped by some very caring adults. The kids get better grades and a bolt of self-esteem. I couldn't help but be moved watching these selfless adults. Especially since I watched this documentary following a particularly wrenching movie about child abuse (see below). Be warned: You'll want to become a volunteer yourself, so watch this only if you have the time to give. Morita says that we should all thank those who have helped us in life. This one clicked. I've already got my thank-you notes in the mail.

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