|Table of Reviews|
Murdered at 17 – Review
Murdered at 17 – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes
After hitting her head in a cheerleading accident, Brooke suffers from Intermitted Explosive Disorder (IED). She can easily erupt during a normal conversation, frustration, or argument. She goes to therapy and takes medication to help. So when she wakes up after a party to find a knife in her hand and her best friend Maddie dead beside her, she panics. She believes she killed her best friend and fell asleep but she doesn’t remember anything. So she grabs the knife and starts to clean up. She goes home, throws away the evidence and tries to forget everything. But the guilt is eating her alive. She wants to tell someone but can’t muster up the courage. Just when she thinks life can’t get any lower, her ex Jake calls. He has all the evidence she threw away and if she wants them to remain hidden, she must marry him. She knows he is unstable and controlling but she doesn’t want to go to jail. Brooke must get a handle on her life but first, she must come clean.
This is a very tense movie that covers several mental illnesses. While it doesn’t get preachy, it gives some information on IED but not a lot. You can’t miss any of this movie because the first 10 minutes set up Jake’s character, while the next 20 set up Brooke’s character. The next 30 is Brooke and Jake’s relationship and downfall. Then the rest is uncovering what happened that night. If you see the critical setups, the rest of the film can be background noise. So DVR this one and you can fast forward when needed/wanted.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
That is evil. And you sat right there and watched him do it – Jake
Should she be? – Brooke
You need to up your medication, seriously – Maddie
Room for Murder – Review
Room for Murder – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes
Kristen comes home with a degree and no job. She doesn’t know how long she will stay with her mom Moira. But Moira doesn’t know where Kristen will sleep. Moira rented out her room on Air BNB to Jake. Kristen is concerned that her mom didn’t properly vet Jake and he could be dangerous. Also, Kristen didn’t know her mom was having money problems so bad she would need a renter to make ends meet. Moira confesses that she has gotten more clients in the hair salon but she can’t seem to get out of the red. Kristen agrees to help with the finances, get a job, and find a place to sleep. But after a woman is attacked, Kristen swears Jake must have done it. Kristen believes Moira has a blind spot for Jake when she learns they are they are sleeping together. So Kristen will ask her ex Ryan to help. It will take a few bodies to straighten this one out.
This movie falls into the Lifetime rut of ‘trying to warn someone that their lover is a creep’ movie. Each time Moira defends Jake, you will roll your eyes. All the signs are there and she chooses to ignore them. This movie is nothing new and you know the ending. So keep it as background noise.
I give it 2 out of 5 stars
Crawling back home with my tail between my legs – Kristen
Ok, let’s just hope its just a couple of weeks then – Moira
You wanted to speak with me – Ryan
You’re a good mom. Let’s hope she appreciates you – Jake
Family Vanished – Review
Family Vanished – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Brian, Lisa, and their daughter April return home from a dream vacation to find a nightmare. Three intruders are waiting for them with guns and a plan. And to make matters worse, the three intruders are one big happy family too. Mike, Carol, and Marsha believe the family that robs together, stays together. They think people like Brian and Lisa look down on them and it’s time to get even. Carol read in the paper that Lisa received over $600,000 for her painting. And they want that money. Now the will hold the family hostage, beaten, and threaten them until they get every last dime.
This film is more annoying than nerve-racking. You will yell at the TV because of the dumb mistakes Brian’s family makes each time they get a leg up on the criminals. And hearing the criminals whine about their lives is even worse. You don’t want anyone to win in this movie. It tries to save itself by becoming a revenge movie, but it’s too late and too short-lived to be satisfying. This movie can be skipped.
I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars
I’m surprised you can read – Brian
I always thought it would help the gallery – Lisa
It’s called survival Brian – Mike
I’m sure you can find something else to wear in here – Carol
Really sucks to be you – Marsha
Killer Single Dad – Review
Killer Single Dad – Lifetime – 2 hours and 5 minutes
After kicking her husband Matt to the curb for kissing his ex, Jennifer takes a bad fall down the steps. She wakes up in the hospital room worried about her unborn child. She discovers a good Samaritan called the police when he heard fighting and found her on the floor. With her father’s police contacts, Jennifer found her good Samaritan named Garrett. Garrett explains that he couldn’t imagine not helping after losing his wife and becoming a single dad of 2 girls. While he has one daughter with him, he will get his other daughter when he settles in. But he knows how hard this pregnancy will be alone, so he offers to help Jennifer when he can. With Garrett giving 24-hour support, Matt’s pushed farther away. But Garrett’s interest in Jennifer rubs Matt the wrong way. He knows something isn’t right about Garrett and he is right. The truth will leave Jennifer shattered and several dead.
So this is a 10 on the creepy scale. But Lifetime movies have a great way of making you angry at the victim. Jenifer is just too trusting of Garrett and never questions his stories. You will find yourself saying “Come on. Really?” more than once during this movie. Now a highlight is the nanny, Olivia. She isn’t the sweet grandma she comes off to be. She is funny and cunning. Even if it’s not for long. But the role reversal in parental need is a new twist to the plot. This is a good movie to have in the background while doing other things. But you have a good idea of how it’s going to end.
I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars
If we can make amends, I will be happy to put in a good word with Jen for you – Garrett
You are a genius – Jennifer
What are you hiding in here – Olivia