|HOMEWRECKER (TV MOVIE) (director: Fred Walton; screenwriters: Eric Harlacher/teleplay by Walton and Harlacher; cinematographer: George Koblasa; editor: Ross Albert; music: Dana Kaproff ; cast: Robby Benson (David Whitson), Kate Jackson (Lucy, Computer Voice), Sydney Walsh (Jane Whitson), Sara Rose Karr (Dana Whitson); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Robert M. Rolsky; Paramount Pictures; 1992)|
|"One of its big problems is that
Robby Benson can't convince us he's a genius
by Dennis Schwartz
as the first movie to debut on the Sci-Fi Channel.
It was filmed in Portland, Oregon. Fred Walton
("April Fool's Day"/"Dead Air"/"The Rosary
Murders") directs this whack sci-film. One of its big
problems is that Robby Benson can't convince us he's a
genius scientist and the teleplay by Eric Harlacher
and Walton can't convince us this isn't cheesy stuff.
Whitson (Robby Benson) is a
genius scientist working for the Pentagon. In his
vacation cottage he reprograms a Star
Wars-defensive system robot he created at the
Pentagon into a computer that can do all kinds of
household chores and calls the supercomputer
Lucy. It uses the computer voice of Kate Jackson, and
in the reworking comes with emotions. The efficient
computer, however, becomes jealous of his wife (Sydney
Walsh) and wants to kill her. Lucy also
wants to get rid of his little child (Sara
least it got the title right.
REVIEWED ON 4/4/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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