You'll be so intent on seeing the bad guy nailed that you'll probably persevere through the unconvincing parts of this TV movie. But don't think it will be easy.
Loosely based on an actual case, the drama tells the story of Nathalie and Steve Johnson (Dana Delany and Hart Bochner), an affluent Minnesota couple who arrange to adopt a baby girl from Hungary through a Web site whose name alone—Adoptions-Are-Us—spells trouble. The parents-to-be fly to New York City to meet an unctuous Hungarian lawyer (Bruce Ramsay), who gives them just enough time to bond with adorable little Gitta and then demands $100,000. It turns out the lawyer is essentially auctioning off the infant to the highest bidder, and New York police enlist the Johnsons in a sting operation to take him down.
The situation is a grabber, and Ramsay is perfectly hateful as the baby seller. Unfortunately the film is all too obvious in its determination to depict Nathalie as brave, daring and resourceful-a "real live hero," as her husband puts it. After coming through for the cops, she has no trouble winning over a tough Judge Judy type who presides over a hearing to determine custody of Gitta.