Picks and Pans Review: Not in This Town
USA (Wed., April 16, 9 p.m. ET)
It's hard to imagine a better-intentioned TV movie than this drama based on the true story of Tammie Schnitzer, a zealous convert to Judaism who, in 1993, rallied opposition to a hate group in Billings, Mont. As played by Kathy Baker, Schnitzer, a former dental hygienist and mother of two, seems like someone you'd be proud to know—courageous, idealistic, yet not self-righteous. But Adam Arkin is largely wasted in the role of her Jewish-born husband, Brian, a doctor, who tries to keep his head in the sand when it comes to bigotry. Ed Begley Jr. makes an oddly casual neo-Nazi agitator.
The rest of the supporting cast is faceless, except for Max Gail (Barney Miller) as helpful police chief Wayne Inman. The writing and direction are too flat for the film to stir moral outrage, so it must get by on manifest sincerity.
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