By Alan Carter
August 20, 1990 12:00 PM

HBO (Sun., Aug. 19, 9 P.M. ET)


Three different playlets fit under this provocative umbrella title. Sadly, the title only promises. It doesn’t deliver.

It’s clear why the stories (teaming Melanie Griffith and James Woods, Molly Ringwald and Peter Weller, Elizabeth McGovern and Beau Bridges) were given such a steamy title. You wouldn’t watch something called Women & Men: Meandering Stories That Make Little Sense and Have Even Less Sex. But that’s what you get. Only Mc-Govern and Bridges, as completely different strangers who meet on a train, manage to be truly moving. As a naive young girl and her womanizer-lover, Ringwald and Weller never make sparks.

And I’m still trying to figure out the adaptation of Hemingway’s Hills like White Elephants, with Griffith and Woods blathering about their relationship while sitting around at a railroad station in Spain. It’s so boring that even I, a big Griffith fan, had absolutely no desire to hit the replay button.