Not a Memory Maker
Iain Smythe (Michael Tomlinson) is an important man as he transporting a list of secret agents who are based in the Middle East and Frank Darnell (Joe Penny) has an agent waiting to meet him at the airport. But things don't go to plan as the agent is attacked and the briefcase Smythe is carrying is stolen whilst Smythe is kidnapped. It turns out that Smythe is a mentalist able to carry all the information in his mind rather than the briefcase. With Darnell at a loss he calls in soccer mom, Jane Doe (Lea Thompson) to help unlock what has happened and who is behind it. But Jane has a problem of her own to contend with in the arrival of her mother (Donna Mills).
Many years ago as a teenager in the 80s I had a crush on Lea Thompson and I am sure I am not the only one. I am sure I am not the only who still has a bit of a crush on her which would be reason enough to watch the "Jane Doe" series of TV movies with Thompson playing a yummy mummy who not only manages her home but also helps out when National Security comes a calling.
Now in fairness "Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well" is not the first movie in the series of "Jane Doe" movies but it is the first one I have watched and whilst that means I lack the back story to explain how comes Jane is called upon to help National Security it is easy to follow because it does follow the same route of many a movie which features a civilian solving crimes. The thing is that the story this time which sees Jane trying to track down a kidnapped man doesn't have anything special about it and the subplot surrounding Jane's mum coming to stay also lacks anything really meaningful other than one amusing connection. Don't get me wrong as it is an entertaining distraction but it is nothing special which would make this movie memorable.
What this all boils down to is that if you are a fan of TV movies where a civilian solves crimes then "Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well" is sure to entertain even though the character of Jane is an agent as well as a mum. But it isn't anything out of the ordinary and is really just an enjoyable distraction for the TV movie loving crowd.