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 scientist.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Noted 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.
David 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 Rose Karr).
At least it got the title right.
REVIEWED ON 4/4/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”
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