Picks and Pans Review: One Special Night
CBS (Sun., Nov. 28, 9 p.m. ET)
Anyone with fond memories of The Americanization of Emily (1964) or Victor/Victoria (1982) will be pleased to see Julie Andrews and James Garner back together. But in 1999, big-screen opportunities aren’t what they should be for mature stars like these. So if you want a Garner-Andrews reunion, you’ll have to settle for a TV movie that’s distinguished only by their presence.
Andrews plays a doctor who likes to hang around the hospice where her husband died a year ago. There she meets Garner, whose wife is confined with Alzheimer’s disease and a bad heart. A Thanksgiving snowstorm blows in, and Andrews offers Garner a ride home. They get stuck, find a very cozy shelter, and go from bickering about every little thing to building a warm friendship by the fire. The dialogue often rings false (“You’re very domesticated for a male chauvinist”; “You are looking very beautiful for a woman who’s given up on being one”), and the marital woes of Garner’s daughter’ (Patricia Charbonneau) only distract us from the actors we tuned in to watch. Bottom Line: Stars deserve better