|Table of Reviews|
Bobbi Kristina – Review
Bobbi Kristina – TVOne – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Bobbi Kristina carries a deep guilt after her mother’s passing. She regrets telling her mother she hated her. Also, she almost drowned in the tub before Whitney died and was saved by her mother. She feels like it should have been her. She is now feeling the pressure to continue her moms legacy while trying to forge her own identity. Bobbie Kristina hates being alone so she allows Nick to continue to live with her and be with her every step of the way as her play brother. However, when Nick learns Whitney’s will does not involve him, he becomes focused on helping Bobbi Kristina realize her dreams. Bobbi Kristina’s hole deepens as a friend ODs, her family loses its show, Nick becomes abusive, and her addition grows. Her story will end just as abruptly as her mother’s.
The world knows about her birth and death, but this story focuses on her downward spiral. The people around her tried to warn her about Nick. However, it’s unsure how much they knew about her drug addiction. With flashback, you will see how Nick came to live with Whitney and Bobbi Kristina, her view on her parents’ marriage, and her view on her mother’s addiction. As Bobbie Kristina tried to act and sing for her mother’s legacy in a sad way she completed it. By dying in the same manner her mother died and being involved in a toxic relationship with an abusive man, Bobbie Kristina continued the most painful parts of her mothers legacy. The only question that went unanswered was: How did Nick and Kristina meet. The actors did a magnificent job with portraying Whitney Houston and Bobbie Kristina. Their work didn’t stop at how their counterparts sang but walked, talked, and their micro mannerism. It is obvious that each actor poured 100% of themselves into this project. TV One is having a great start for their movies. Hopefully, it will continue.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
I gotta carry on her legacy – Bobbi Kristina
Me and you against the world, right? – Whitney
I loved your mother, Krissy – Bobby Brown
Sweetheart, what have you done? – Pat
We just having a man to man talk – Gary
You need to go somewhere that feeds you – Taylor
It’s me and you against the world baby – Nick
Wicked Mom’s Club – Review
Wicked Mom’s Club – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Mandy has decided to move with her daughter Riley to a new town. She wants to leave behind her failed marriage and Riley drug addiction. Mandy accompanies Riley on her first day of school to meet the other Gymnastic moms, who are also PTA Members. She meets:
- Olivia – Head of the Gym Moms, Head of the PTA, Mother of Chelsea
- Suki – A Gym Mom, ousted from the group, mother of Hailey
- Colleen – A Gym Mom, PTA member, flirt, married to a police officer
- Reyna – A Gym Mom, PTA member, mother of Taylor
- Ellis – A Gym Dad, not a part of the group, PTA member, contractor
Mandy is invited to join Olivia for drinks at the country club and yoga. While Mandy is not used to being this highly involved in school activities, she welcomes the distraction. Olivia offers to help Mandy with her blog and Mandy confides to her about herself and Riley. Mandy is relieved to have a friend. Soon, her blog skyrockets, she is helping the PTA’s marketing, she connects with Ellis, and Riley is a rising star on the Gymnastics team. Mandy and Riley are both at ease in the new town. But as soon as they rise, they start to fall. Mandy loses endorsement deals for her blog, Riley is suspended, Ellis’s relationship with her is over, and she is in jail. However, Mandy thinks she knows why. Just a few days after moving in, Mandy was warned that she would end up like Ginny, a mom who committed suicide. Then Mandy finds Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche and finds a photo with Olivia’s eye scratched out (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Now, can Mandy stop the monster without becoming a monster?
Oh, the shade of it all. Inspired by real events, this movie proves there is no age limit for being a Mean Girl (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This movie does allow you to sympathize and root for Mandy. While she is warned about Olivia, she wants to give her a chance. But when things fall apart, she is quick to place the blame where it deserves. The rally cry to join forces is heard and championed by all. Once again, to fight a bully, you need to lay all your cards on the table and face them head-on. There is one part that is hard to wrap your head around in this movie. Wasn’t a mom committing suicide enough to make people stand up to Olivia? They should have rallied against Olivia then. It should not take a new mom to stir up the pot. While this movie did juggle a lot of characters and personalities well, more interaction between the wives and husbands would have helped. This is a great movie to watch while sipping your tea.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
I’m not used to so much parental involvement – Mandy
But it’s real – Taylor
Keep your distance from them. It won’t end well. It never does – Suki
He’s well trained – Olivia
I’m a great mom – Ginny
Well I guess that’s on your conscience – Holly
What I would give to put that cute waiter in a doggy bag for later – Colleen
You’re always sorry – Riley
You’re just jealous because I have a real friend – Chelsea
Your kid’s happy, you’re happy. I know that – Ellis
All of My Heart: Inn Love – Review
All of My Heart: Inn Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
With a few days until the festivities, Brian is trying to keep Jenny calm. There is so much work to do before the Inn opens. When one thing is fixed, 3 more seem to break. However, Jenny keeps working hard to get things together. But mother nature deals one striking blow, it knocks out all the electricity in the Inn. Jenny is able to talk the guest into staying, but Brian decides to go back to Wall Street to make fast money to fix the damage. As Brian spend more time away, Jenny is worried that the lure of Wall Street will keep him away. She doesn’t want to influence his opinion but she wants Brian to come back to small-town life.
It’s nice to see a couple works together for a common goal. And to get Brian to see the beauty of small-town life, Jenny doesn’t connive or scheme, she just visits and tell him that she misses him. This is enough to make him reconsider climbing the corporate ladder again. This is another lesson for the couple’s communications skills. Neither wants to force the person’s decisions, but they want to be heard. It will take most of the movie and advice from friends for them to figure it out. This storyline is a problem real-life couples, but it’s Hallmark so you know how it’s going to end. So record this one and use it as background noise.
I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars
I’m from the mean streets of Manhattan, being nice is a big adjustment – Brian
I miss you. I miss us – Jenny
Don’t let the suit define the man – Tony
She’s clearly an amateur – Denise
Trains go both ways – Casey
A Mother’s Crime – Review
A Mother’s Crime – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Uninvited, Danielle comes to her sister’s Nikki’s house. Nikki is having a birthday party for her daughter Becky. So, seeing Danielle, with a baby in tow, is an unpleasant surprise for Nikki. After a few harsh words, Nikki allows Danielle and her baby Cali to stay the night. While Nikki and Becky are asleep, Danielle takes Nikki’s wallet and runs with Cali. While on the road, Cali gets sick and Danielle takes her to the hospital. Danielle uses Nikki’s credit card to pay for anything the baby needs. Danielle steps out to call her boyfriend Gunner. Gunner advises Danielle to meet him so they can run together but when he learns that Cali is with them, he tells Danielle to choose. Him or the baby. During this time, Nikki is at work when her friend Millie shows her horrible news. Danielle is wanted for murdering her husband. Danielle quickly reports Nikky to the police. Soon the hospital arrests Danielle as she is about to abandon Cali for Gunner. Since Nikki is Cali closest relative, she picks her up. At first, she wants to give her up for adoption but changes her mind. Danielle signs away her parental rights and goes to jail for 7 years for manslaughter. While Danielle has given up Cali on paper, she will get her daughter back. By any means necessary.
One thing is clear, Nikki and Danielle hate each other. But there is never a specific reason why. Just comments about the past. Without knowing the history behind the hatred, Nikki comes off as cold, hard, and mean. However, her feelings may be justified. If only we knew. You will get a sense of how much Cali is loved and wanted. Even if some of the love is misguided. Especially when she is kidnapped twice within a day “for her benefit”. It becomes easy to see how Becky feels neglected and starts to resent the people around her. While this movie has it’s gaps, it’s still watchable.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
You got knocked up. Good for you – Nikki
She’s your sister – Millie
Baby? You brought the baby with you? – Gunner
Just remember, I’m always gonna be your mommy – Danielle
No promises – Cali
I have lawyers too – Beatrice
I liked it better when it was just you and me – Becky