Picks and Pans Review: Landslide

UPDATED 09/12/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/12/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

Hallmark Channel (Sept. 10, 9 p.m. ET)

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A real estate developer lets his excavation crew's mountainside blasting get out of control, and an avalanche of debris buries another development below. Would it surprise you that there's a pregnant woman down there, surrounded by the rubble of a baby shower and ready to give birth?

The production looks cheap, like The Poseidon Adventure played out in bulldozed dirt. The script has one line of riveting awfulness: A firefighter (Vincent Spano), trapped with his estranged teenage son, uses up valuable oxygen trying to reconnect. He reminds the boy of sports events and seafood they once shared. "Hockey's for maniacs," says the son, shooting him down. "Chowder tastes like snot." Brat Camp for you, buddy boy!

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