“Baby,” the story of a family dealing with the loss of their infant, premiere’s on TNT Sunday, 10/8/00 at 8p.m. (ET/PT).
To outside eyes, the Malone family appears to have an idyllic life. But their outward happiness masks a very different reality – a family that is reeling, each member in his and her own way, from a loss they have yet to confront. Farrah Fawcett stars as Lily Malone, a mother grappling with depression and guilt over the recent death of her infant son. Lily’s husband (Keith Carradine), unable to break through his wife’s protective shell, is drifting away and their 12-year-old daughter (Alison Pill) is left to deal with the death of her brother on her own.
Just as the family begins to lose hope of ever regaining a sense of normalcy, an abandoned baby girl arrives on their doorstep. As the family begins to care for the infant, they start to face their grief and learn to live and love again.
This is a wrenching, but ultimately uplifting film dealing with a difficult subject: the loss of a child and its aftermath. Fawcett gives a powerful performance as a depressed and distant woman. As we learn of the child’s death, we begin to understand her painful detachment. Sumptuously photographed on a northeastern resort island, the film has a beautiful look. Exceptional writing and engaging performances make this powerful television. However, frustrated with the inability to break through his wife’s distant behavior, the husband, during an argument, blurts out a misuse of Christ’s name. Because we draw the line at the profane use of God’s name or that of His Son’s, we are unable to recommend “Baby” for family viewing.
Believe me, nothing is more frustrating than to come across a quality film that has a positive message, but also profanes God’s name. Language used in a movie defines a character’s personality and beliefs. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord you God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7. If God does not want us to be irreverent with His name, how do you think He feels about us supporting entertainment that does? (I don’t normally suggest this, but if you hope TNT won’t use Christ’s name as a mere expletive in future projects, please let them know that you find it offensive. Call TNT at 404-885-4784. And please do it with Christ’s love).