Picks and Pans Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

updated 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Still looking like a cross between an Easter chick and Ethel Merman, former televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (now Bakker Messner) is the subject of this daffy little movie. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Eyes quickly (too quickly) charts Tammy Faye's rise to fame and fall into disgrace with her unfaithful husband, Jim, who ultimately served five years for defrauding their followers of millions of dollars. Through it all, Tammy Faye belted out hymns and let mascara tears stain her cheeks.

Narrated by drag queen RuPaul Charles, Eyes isn't aiming for anything beyond affectionate camp. Even now, hoping for some sort of comeback, Tammy Faye comes across as fully in command of her singular star power. She could lead a tent revival or just as easily appear on Hollywood Squares. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: A very forgiving portrait

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