December 01, 2003 12:00 PM

Hallmark Channel

(Sun., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET)

Despite its good intentions, this sentimental TV movie isn’t convincing enough to linger in the viewer’s memory.

Britt (Dana Delany), a single artist with an infant son, goes home to spend Thanksgiving with her widowed mother, Maggie (Doris Roberts, from Everybody Loves Raymond), and her prim sister Valetta (Megan Gallagher). Amid all the talk and turkey preparation, the film offers only one strong scene: Maggie’s admission to Britt that she has Alzheimer’s disease and fears the future. Otherwise, the script raises issues—such as the supposed shakiness of Valetta’s marriage—only to gloss them over. In the end, even Maggie’s decline seems sad but neatly manageable.


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