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Mary Tyler Moore,
Holly and Sandy strike up an instant friendship; they don't know however that they have more in common than they'd like. When tragedy strikes, their relationship is tested.Written by
Situational drama from MTM scribe Allan Burns in his only feature film. Seemingly conceived as a vehicle for Mary Tyler Moore it doesn't really reach that potential due to some fundamental errors in casting.
That's not to say that the casting of the other roles is bad, it's not but the problem is that Mary, while fine in her part, is about a decade too old for her character. Not to be ageist but from references made by Mary and Ted Danson's couple it's understood that they are supposed to be the same age and they are clearly not. It's a distraction that continues even after Danson is out of the film.
All that aside the film is entertaining, if not terribly inventive, thanks to the solid work of the cast. Beside Mary and Danson Sam Waterson is endearingly nervous and a bit twitchy as Ted's best friend. But the performer who strolls right in and takes control of the movie and walks away with it is the infinitely talented Christine Lahti. Both tough and vulnerable she cuts through any potential sugary elements the film risks falling into, and there are several opportunities along the way.
Overall a film that at times bears too close a resemblance to a TV movie of the week but is made worth catching by the strong performers.
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