#TrappedModel, #TheWrongStepmother, and more – TV Reviews

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Trapped Model – Review

Trapped Model – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

Trapped Model

Grace has dreamt of being a model since she was a young military brat losing herself in fashion magazines.  While her mother and boyfriend, Matt, try to steer her towards art school, Grace only sees modeling in her future.  After another bad shoot and several rejection letters, she gets an ad emailed to her from ModelMatchUp.com.  It will match models with photographers.  They will pay for travel, food, and a place to stay.  Grace believes its too good to be true but sends her photos.  It doesn’t take long before she is contacted by Hunter Kelly.  She asks for his portfolio and he sends a link to his website.  She loves his pictures and decides to go to Miami to work with him.  She leaves her mom a note and Matt a text, then gets on the next train.   When she arrives in Miami, Nicole meets her at the train station.  Nicole offers a few vague details about the studio and apartment while driving her to meet Hunter.  Once at Hunter’s home studio, she takes a few quick pictures and he offers to make her dinner while Nicole goes out to get celebratory wine.  Grace feels uneasy and asks Nicole to take her to the models’ apartment.  Nicole says it will only be a brief moment and she will take Grace to the apartment as soon she gets back.  After dinner, Grace asks Hunter to check on Nicole. He says Nicole texted him that she was sick and went home.  He offers her his guest house for the night after no Ubers were available.  She accepts and gets comfortable.  Grace remembers she forgot her bag and tries to leave the bedroom.  Only it’s locked from the outside.  She tries to call 911 but Hunter answers the call.  She tries to break the window but nothing will crack it.  When Hunter emerges the next morning, he makes his demands.  He wants the code to unlock Grace’s phone, the password to her social media accounts, and a live webcam performance starring Grace for his subscribers every day.  If she tries to escape, he will kill her mom.  Grace believes she is alone and possibly lost forever.  However, 3 little words and kiss will be her saving grace (yes, bad pun).

Based on true events, the step up is 100% annoying.  It’s too easy for Grace to be fooled.  She even says the ad is too good to be true.  So, why fall for it!!!  As Grace comes up with plans to escape, you will feel your pulse race just a bit faster.  You have hope each time she comes up with another idea.  You hope Matt and her mother will continue their search no matter how many “I’m ok” text the receive from Grace.  Now, have your Lifetime bingo cards ready.  You will see a dumb cop and a shovel before the night is over.  So to recap, the set up is annoying.  The plot is strong.  The conclusion is average.  This is a good movie if you need to kill a few hours.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

It’s too good to be true – Grace

How many times have I told you? Comparison is the thief of joy – Hunter

I love you? So, now you say it – Matt

I don’t know. It’s hard to tell sometimes – Nicole

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The Wrong Stepmother – Review

The Wrong Stepmother – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Wrong Stepmother

Lily is confused when her dad, Michael, states he met a woman online, they have been dating for a while, and he wants her to come to dinner tonight.  A woman Lily recently saw sneaking out of their house.  On the other hand, her sister, Nicole, is happy for their dad.  Lily tries to make nice, then she catches Maddie peaking at Michael’s phone.  Next, Maddie tells people she’s their mother.  This crosses a huge line for Lily because she is still getting over her mother’s passing.  When Lily can’t convince her dad that something is wrong with his girlfriend, she calls Cynthia.  Cynthia is a friend of Lily’s mom and works with Michael.  Also, she is a computer genius holding a crush on Michael.  So, she gladly helps Lily find dirt on Maddie.  The two have no idea how scary Maddie really is and everything she will do to get a family. Once and for all.

This movie is just too typical.  Even for LMN.  The setup, Maddie’s backstory, and the ending are all to easy to predict.  The only standout is Ms. Price’s speech to Maddie.  She quickly puts Maddie in her place when she steps out of bounds.  Even the body count is 90% predictable.  This movie can be skipped or save it for background noise.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I swear you are your father’s daughter – Lily

Don’t overthink it. Just write from the heart – Ms. Price

Who knows? How bad can she be – Patrick

There are so many weirdos out there – Maddie

We have fine china – Nicole

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Sister of the Bride – Review

Sister of the Bride – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Sister of the Bride

With a highly public romantic gesture, Ben proposes to Stephanie.  And she eagerly accepts.  She always dreamt of getting married on the 4th of July at her parents’ vacation home in Palm Springs. At first, Ben is shocked she wants to get married in 4 weeks but she puts him at ease and tells him July 4th next year.  She wants him to spend more time with her family first.  She invites Ben to the vacation home.  As they enter, her parents, Roger and Eleanore, are celebrating with drinks.  Stephanie believes they already know.  But they are celebrating her sister, Tracy’s engagement to her boyfriend Preston.  Tracy also wants to be married on July 4th … but of this year.   It’s a given that each sister will be each other’s maid of honor and they start planning for Tracy’s wedding immediately.  The two women go into overdrive while Eleanore and Roger are left in a state of shock.  Roger is stunned that Stephanie is engaged after knowing Ben for 6 months.  Eleanore is bewildered that Tracy wants to pull off a wedding in 4 weeks.  And to make things harder, the parents haven’t told their daughters they are planning on selling the house soon.  With a work emergency, a sick family member, and probing questions, will either wedding happen?

Oh, the shade.  Roger holds nothing back, like any good father, and provide the best and strongest shade ever in a Hallmark movie.  He feels slighted because Ben never asked for Stephanie’s hand, Ben ‘crashed’ the family vacation, and Stephanie has been engaged before.  There are so many moving parts to this heartfelt story, it’s easy to become engrossed in the tale.  And the Hallmark conclusion is turned on its head when both weddings are canceled.  Of course, that’s not the end but its a new and enticing turning point for any Hallmark movie.  You will fall in love with this movie and it will instantly become a Hallmark classic.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I’m not sure you can get all that with a bathing suit color – Stephanie

This place sounds like more than just a house – Ben

Technically, Stephanie invited you. I just didn’t say no – Roger

Here you go, honey. You’re gonna need it to keep up with them – Eleanore

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