Picks and Pans Review: America's Prince

updated 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

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No TV movie about the life and death of John F. Kennedy Jr. could be innocent of exploitation, but this effort is fairly responsible as well as capably acted. Kristoffer Polaha (see story on page 121), a fresh face, effectively plays Kennedy as a young man seeking his true self in the glare of unsought publicity. Portia de Rossi (Ally McBeal) fares even better as his wife, Carolyn, giving her a self-possession that the constantly sought-after JFK Jr. finds refreshing. Unfortunately the film is weakened by pseudo-documentary interviews with composite characters, including a pontificating Kennedy biographer.

BOTTOM LINE: Respectable portrait

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