By Owen Gleiberman
Updated March 24, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Chevy Chase tries his most desperate career move yet: sincerity. In Man of the House, as a Seattle prosecutor who is bent on becoming a doting stepfather (to Home Improvement‘s Jonathan Taylor Thomas), Chase still delivers his lines as if he were reading them off a TelePrompTer mounted in the next room. This time, though, he attempts to pass off his deadpan quizzicality as concern. Does anyone want to watch Chevy Chase try to be heartwarming? He had more conviction reporting the death of Franco.