Picks and Pans Review: It Must Be Love

updated 02/23/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/23/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Feb. 15, 9 p.m. ET)

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"I hate it when you whine," snipes architect George (Ted Danson). "I hate it when you breathe," retorts his wife, Clem (Mary Steenburgen, Danson's real-life spouse). It's no great surprise that these two are splitting up. But this TV movie asks us to believe that the affluent couple would take a road trip to plan their divorce. There's nothing like getting away together when you want to spend the rest of your lives apart.

What starts out as a contrived comedy turns into an equally implausible drama when George and Clem's camper gets stuck and a freak blizzard leaves them stranded. Their grown children are worried about the crisis but a bit preoccupied with other matters, since Joe (Adam Nicholas Frost) has secretly dropped out of Princeton and Tess (Erin Karpluk) has just abandoned her new husband.

Though it's too seldom convincing, the film offers a few moments of truth (such as when George admits that his professional aspirations exceed his talents) and an ending that's almost amazingly subtle.

DRAMA

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