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A newly-wed NYC couple move into a low-rent luxury apartment only to be harassed by cryptic elderly neighbors. Matt (Dean Cain) and Jackie (Portia de Rossi) are living in NYC, brimming with that certain "glow" all newly-weds possess. They are in love despite failed attempts at pregnancy and a tight budget. One day, Matt meets a group of health-obsessed elderly people in the park. They seem kind, and offer Matt and Jackie a beautiful low-rent apartment in their building. How can the couple resist a luxury apartment with a state-of-the-art gym, cheap rent, and friendly neighbors? Jackie believes it all too good to be true when she notices a young couple in their building disappears, and elderly neighbors are watching her every move... Written by merryweather

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6 September 2002 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

The Glow is quite an interesting made for TV movie. It stars Dean Cain and Portia DeRossi as Matt & Jackie, a young working couple who by chance find the perfect apartment in New York City. By the time it is revealed that chance has little to do with it, they are in way over the heads.

The kindly older couples who run the building just aren't what they seem...and the last tenants who had leased Matt & Jackie's apartment have disappeared without a trace. And when the young couple upstairs also disappear...well, Jackie suspects the worse. She digs deeper..only to discover the impossible.

The movie is well thought out, well paced, very suspenseful. However, there are a couple of problems with it. For instance, after being abducted, how does Jackie set off the fire alarm with the cigarettes she uses (if you see it, you'll ask yourself where they came from - considering she's hardly wearing anything). Or...what is the Glow? It's never really explained. I would have rather have seen more of an explanation at the end, then the ending we did get (although it was fine).

The casting of the older couples in the building was really top rate. Hal Linden is stellar as the kindly 'fatherly' type who takes Matt in as "the son I never had". It would have been great to see his motivation and character further developed. But, hey, as a made for TV movie, it's much better than a lot of the movies we pay $13.50 to go see.

Shot in Toronto, by the way. If you look closely you'll see Union Station, the Royal York Hotel & other sights.

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