Picks and Pans Review: Washington Wives

UPDATED 07/26/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/26/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

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There's good stuff to be found in this two-hour special on political spouses, but sometimes it's about as exciting as a candidate's canned speech.

The documentary follows the wives of Senators John Kerry and John Edwards during the primary season—before their husbands went from rivals to running mates—and captures some revealing moments: Teresa Heinz Kerry showing her maternal side at a school for troubled children; Elizabeth Edwards trying to curb her then-5-year-old daughter's antics while Daddy gives a talk. But an interview with Howard Dean's wife, Judy Steinberg Dean, yields little we haven't already heard, and the commentary of writer-socialite Sally Quinn is largely superfluous.

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