March 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

The Tic Code

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
performer
Polly Draper, Gregory Hines
director
Gary Winick
author
Polly Draper
genre
Drama
We gave it a B+

Scripted by Draper, this sleeper casts the thirtysomething alum as a single mom who introduces her son (Christopher George Marquette), a piano student with Tourette’s syndrome, to a jazz saxophonist (Hines) with the same disorder. Despite TV-level production values, it bravely avoids Afterschool Special-style lessons. And unlike a recent subplot on Ally McBeal, it doesn’t treat Tourette’s as a cutesy quirk. B+

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