Picks and Pans Review: The Wilde Girls
Showtime bills this as one of its "Original Pictures for All Ages," but you'd have to be born yesterday to believe what goes on here.
Georgia veterinarian Jasmine Wilde (Olivia Newton-John) is the single mother of Izzy (Chloe Rose, Newton-John's real-life daughter), a 14-year-old bundle of singing talent. What Izzy doesn't know is that Jasmine used to be a pop star. She discovers the truth when a bunch of old fan magazines spill out of the closet and—lo and behold—her mom's the cover girl. Jasmine has hidden her former fame because she found the music business to be a cesspool of drugs and corruption. Now a record producer beckons Izzy to evil Los Angeles, where she's fated to meet her long-lost father, Toby (Jerome Ehlers), who for 14 years has sought reconciliation with Jasmine through personal ads in Rolling Stone. Jasmine has been ignoring his appeals--and concealing them from Izzy—while collecting the back issues for her closet periodical library.
There's a nice mother-daughter duet at the finish, but the woeful script defeats everyone involved, including Swoosie Kurtz as Jasmine's man-hungry housemate and best friend.
Bottom Line: Wildly implausible
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