February 13, 1995 12:00 PM

son, 7-year-old Tad (Bug Hall).

The high jinks of this happy hellion make him a bull calf in the White House china shop. He races around disrupting the Cabinet meetings of Dad (Kris Kristofferson) as well as the tea parties of Mom Jane Curtin). Then affairs of state and personal tragedies intrude.

This is a purposefully puerile project, clumsy but sweet. Its best feature is Kristofferson’s plangent portrait of melancholy Abe as a devoted, indulgent father.

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