“Love Lessons” chronicles the emotional journey of a happily married woman who, at the age of 50, discovers that she is pregnant. Well-to-do, the couple are planning on an early retirement, buying a boat and sailing around the world. But the untimely pregnancy turns the couple’s life around. Change is difficult, especially for the husband who has adjusted to a married lifetime of having things his own way. CBS airs “Love Lessons” Wednesday, 11/22/00 ato 9:00 PM, ET/PT.
While the picture revolves around the unexpected pregnancy, the theme is really about the need for both people in a marriage to be giving. When one dominates the direction of the couple’s life together, sooner or later, you can expect a rebellion.
Ms. Duke gives her usual solid TV-performance (she’s done a million made-for-TV films), with the story taking the woman’s viewpoint. What disappointed me, however, is that the choice to keep baby the is not made from a religious perspective. At no point do we get the idea that these people make any decisions with regard to a religious upbringing. The film stresses that standing up for your rights is the central aspect to a healthy marriage. One could argue that centering God in the union is also a needed element to the equation.