No Laughing Matter

1999, Movie, PG-13, 120 mins

Hampered by director/co-writer Michael Elias's prosaic scripting and pedestrian direction, this made-for-cable problem drama jerks a few tears, spouts a few truisms, and resolves its behavioral crises much too neatly. There's also a whiff of distaseful exploitation in the casting of Suzanne Somers as a secret alcoholic, since her 1988 autobiography dealt with the subject at some length. A closet drinker since the death of her husband, a police officer, Emma (Suzanne Somers) relies on her non-judgmental son, Charlie (Chad Christ), far more than she should. College-age Charlie makes excuses to her employer, Mr. Nava (Frank Gerrish), rations Emma's booze and tends to he...
Released: 1999 Rated: PG-13 Length: 120 mins

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