November 18, 1996 12:00 PM

NBC (Mon., Nov. 18, 9 p.m. ET)


This muddled TV movie claims to be inspired by real events, but you’ll have trouble believing that well-meaning mom Laura Hyler (Something So Right’s Mel Harris) could be so dumb. Faced with daughter Kelly’s angry rebellion, she puts the 15-year-old in juvenile custody to teach her a lesson and then can’t get her out for a year and a half. Mom learns to come to grips with her own repressed past while fighting dishonest and incompetent juvenile-justice-system workers. Harris walks through the part, but as Kelly, Nicholle Tom (The Nanny) adds much needed conviction.

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