God's New Plan (1999)
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The original title of this "made for TV" movie was "God's New Plan." It was changed to "No Higher Love" after it hit the cable TV "chick-channels" and has periodic showings under the new title. The producers, writers and director pulled out all the stops to make it as weepy as possible in their attempt to ensure viewers will consume an entire tissue box before the first commercial break, and an entire case before the end. There's little doubt the story is based upon the life -- and death -- of a young Baltimore mother, who is diagnosed with cancer (for the third time) shortly after giving birth to a girl, and eventually succumbs to it. While the real story is both compelling and tragic, this TV dramatization is overwhelmingly targeted to the "chick flick" demographic. More of the story could have been -- and should have been -- spent on her husband, father and close family friends -- without the heavily cliched dialog. A potentially dramatic story is smothered by the screenplay and scripting which fails to portray an appropriate level of emotional anguish and grief and a more accurate picture of the toll terminal cancer takes on everyone: patient, family, friends and caregivers.
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