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Advertising executive Oliver Wendell Watson's world collapses when his wife leaves home to return to college--and his three children blame him for the split. Hoping to give them all a fresh start, Oliver accepts a promotion 3,000 miles away in L.A. where stunning actress charlotte Sampson enters his life.
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Patrick Duffy of 'Step by Step' and 'Dallas' fame plays Oliver Watson and wife Sarah is played by Kate Mulgrew pre-Star Trek Voyager. We also get to see a young Ben Affleck in one of his first roles, playing Oliver and Sarah's son Ben Watson.
Sarah feels trapped in her upper-middle class lifestyle. Stifled, she asks Oliver out to dinner and drops a bombshell on him. She wants to go back to college and finish her degree. She needs to 'find herself,' away from the kids and from Oliver. After spending Christmas with the family, her plans firm for her future, Oliver realizes that he has to do something or his family will break apart. In desperation, he makes love to his wife and she, while showing passion for him, still forsakes him and leaves.
Meanwhile there is a subplot involving Ben Watson the son. He rebels against everything and ends up getting his girlfriend pregnant. Part of the movie revolves around his trials of learning how to be a father, especially when his girlfriend leaves him.
Deciding that they need to start over again, Oliver packs up the family and moves them to Hollywood. There predictably he meets someone-- beautiful actress Charlotte Sampson (Linda Carter) and begins to fall in love with her. He at first is unwilling to trust, but Charlotte makes it easy for Oliver.
This movie had all the expected twists. Honestly, I bought this movie for Kate Mulgrew, being that she is one of my favorite actresses. She doesn't actually have that much screen time, but her part, while small is meaningful. Kate Mulgrew does some of the best acting in this film.
Lynda Carter is a great actress, but somehow I wasn't convinced of the 'love' between she and her costar Patrick Duffy. They had horrible chemistry. Again, at times, their love seemed forced.
For the money though, it's worth the buy. I believe I only ended up paying about five dollars for a film and if you have time on your hands and you need something to do, this movie is worth at least one view.