#CircleOfDeception, #DangerousMedicine, and more – TV Reviews

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Circle of Deception – Review

Circle of Deception – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Peggy Sue, Janice, and Brenna are sisters who are all unhappy with their love lives.  Peggy Sue is single and looking for love, Janice is getting a divorce, and Brenna fights with her husband Russell every day.  At Sam’s funeral, Peggy Sue spots her old crush Jim Huden.  He never paid attention to her in the past, but she is determined to make him hers.  By the end of the funeral, they are in bed together.  The next day, Peggy Sue visits Brenna at Brenna’s hair salon.  Peggy Sue brags about getting Jim while Brenna complains about Russell.  Seeing her sister isn’t focused on her happiness, Peggy Sue becomes upset and reminds Brenna that her rent is due.  Weeks later, Peggy Sue leaves their small town to move to Las Vegas to be with Jim.  She did an internet search and discovered Jim is married to Jean, but Peggy Sue doesn’t care.  She believes the successful tech entrepreneur will leave his wife and marry her.  Janice comes to visit and complains about her divorce, and Jim offers to kill Janice’s husband.  Horrified, Janice promptly declines and leaves in disgust.  Brenna makes a surprise visit to Peggy Sue with good and bad news.  She decided to divorce Russell, but she won’t be able to buy Peggy Sue’s house.  Peggy Sue needs money now because Jim lied about his financial standing.  He is broke, and the little money he has is in his wife’s name.  Peggy Sue remembers Brenna mentioning that Russell had three life insurance policies.  With that money, Brenna could buy Peggy Sue’s home, and Peggy Sue can keep Jim by her side.  Peggy Sue tells Jim that Russell is abusive to Brenna, and she wishes he would be gone.  The day after Christmas, Russell is dead, and police knock on Brenna’s door.  Solving this case will cause a domino effect of awful choices.  

Based on Ann Rule’s true crime book Practice to Deceive, this movie starts slow, but the last 30 minutes will leave you flabbergasted (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Former beauty queen Peggy Sue uses her charms to con anyone in her life, and the first half of the movie allows the audience to understand the depths of Peggy Sue’s depravity.  If their plans don’t aid hers, she becomes angry and vengeful.  However, Peggy Sue never says what she wants outright.  She allows people to infer. This action takes away her culpability for anything that happens.  In the end, Peggy Sue asks one question: Did I do anything wrong.  Well, did she?

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

They got it all wrong.  My one crime was falling in love with the wrong man – Peggy

We fight a lot, but I try to focus on his good qualities – Brenna

I think Peggy’s cleave has its own bar tab – Jim

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Dangerous Medicine – Review

Dangerous Medicine – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Tony finishes track practice and gets a ride home from his girlfriend, Jasmine.  While she is driving, Jasmine receives a text message from a Stanford college recruiter.  She stops paying attention to the road and gets into an accident.  When Tony wakes up, he thinks the doctor gave him great drugs because he can’t feel his legs.  Then his mother, Ellen, breaks the news to him.  The accident caused a severed L5, and he may never walk again.  The track scholarship recipient is devastated.  Tony’s accident makes the news, and Daphne sees it.  She makes an instant connection to Tony and gets the family’s phone number.  Daphne, a registered nurse, calls Ellen and offers to help.  Depressed, Tony doesn’t want anyone to help him, but Daphne asks him to give her one month to prove she can help.  By the end of the month, Tony could lose his life to an unhinged Daphne.

While the movie goes down a predictable path, the fear of dismemberment keeps you glued to the screen.  As Daphne weaves herself into their space, it’s Jasmine and Ellen that put their foot down.  Jasmine wonders why Daphne wears revealing clothes during their physical training.  Ellen sees Daphne as controlling when Daphne intercepts calls from Tony’s doctor.  When Tony sees Daphne’s true colors, it’s only a matter of time before her plan comes undone, and it all unravels with a tattoo.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I don’t need her – Tony

Don’t you take him from me – Daphne

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Don’t Waste Your Pretty – Review

Don’t Waste Your Pretty – TV One – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Michael and Mykah are successful twins who are at different ends of the dating spectrum.  Michael dates women often and for short periods, while she doesn’t date at all.  At their 33rd birthday party, her friends, Amma and Aisha, give Mykah a self help book for her birthday (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Jeanne says the customers at her cafe buy the book as soon as it’s on the shelves.  While Jeanne has read the book, the wounds from her divorce are still fresh.  So Jeanne has yet to implement the lessons she learned.  Amma and Aisha are happily married, and they say the book helped them find each other.  Now the pressures of adoption cause the women to gripe every day.  Within a year, these friends will open up and lean on each other to combat their love issues in dating, divorce, and marriage.  

Based on Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love by Demetria L. Lucas, this movie feels like the start of a TV series (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Each character has a backstory and a conclusion, but you feel like there could be more to who they are and who they could become.  Don’t be surprised if you hear more about this movie in future development.  Now the twins’ mother is something else entirely.  She is a woman in full command of her love life and is not afraid to show it.  She will have you smiling from ear to ear.  Now make sure you watch from the very beginning.  The movie gives dating profile intros for each character.  It gives you a glimpse of the issues they will face.  Michael’s match is predictable, but Mykah’s is not.  So keep watching until the end.  

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

How did this become about me – Michael

Suppressing my emotions is my superpower – Jeanne

I don’t need a man come in and muck things all up – Mykah

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Hint of Love – Review

Hint of Love – UPtv – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Becky edits cookbooks by following the recipes to the letter and making changes if necessary.  While some chefs don’t like her fixes, she can back up her changes with her degree from Le Cordon Bleu.  She wants to become a partner at her publishing firm, but her ultimate dream was to own and run a restaurant.  Her friend and baking author, Maddie, convinces her to accept a date with food critic Robert, and Becky obliges.  Before Robert shows up, Becky runs into Will, a single dad with a cooking show.  Will’s cooking show drives Becky nuts because he doesn’t use fresh food or measuring cups, and it’s unhealthy.  She pretends to be aloof to his celebrity status and focuses on Robert.  After a great date, she and Robert make plans for another night on the town.  At work, Becky’s boss, Marty, asks her to meet with a new client and polish his cookbook.  Becky agrees until she walks into a room and sees Will sitting with his manager.  Will’s manager thinks Becky can elevate Will’s career beyond single dads, and Marty thinks Will can widen their readership.  Marty tells Becky the partner position will be hers if she edits Will’s book.  Becky takes the job, but she has no idea it will pull her towards her love and passion.

This movie gives the viewer a story we all know well.  Girl meets a boy that drives her crazy; the boy makes her see she is unhappy, and the girl changes her life and falls in love with him.  When Robert and Marty start belittling her opinion, you can hear the countdown for their characters begin.  The biggest surprise is Maddie’s love interest at the end.  Otherwise, the movie is all predictable fluff with a few decent laughs dashed into the plot.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Dirty hands are the sign of happiness – Will

Mediocrity shouldn’t be good enough – Becky

I’ll stick my face in it and not even tell you how it taste – Maddie

Are you that crazy woman that’s going to help my dad – David

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It Was Always You – Review

It Was Always You – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. George leave their dental practice for a few days to put the final touches on their wedding.  In two months, they will wed in their hometown.  Since Elizabeth will be working on the wedding and throwing a surprise party for George’s mother, Diana, Elizabeth planned every moment of their stay.  Since her parents’ divorce, Elizabeth uses concrete plans to maintain stability in her life.  And marrying George is part of her plan.  At Diana’s home, Elizabeth greets George’s sister, Louise, but awkwardly hugs his brother, David.  She had no idea the boy who annoyed her during her childhood would be there because he travels all over the world.  Elizabeth dreamed of traveling as a child but gave up that dream for a practical life, and George is content.  After a rude awakening, David and Elizabeth decide to keep their distance during Elizabeth’s stay.  But the plans change.  George can’t make it back because lightning struck the bridge to the island where his mother resides.  It will be days before George can make it back.  So David offers to take George’s place and pick out things for the wedding.  During their time together, Elizabeth learns the right thing to do isn’t the best for you.  And that’s true for life and love.

Based on the book Today is Not Your Day by Marian Thurm, the connection between David and Elizabeth is a slow burn that will make you swoon (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Elizabeth and George handle their romance like their dental practice, very clinical.  Even down to their proposal.  No romance, all business.  While the life she has is successful, it’s not what fulfills her.  And David helps her see that.  She needs more, but she doesn’t discover that in a kiss with David, followed by credits rolling.  This writer allowed Elizabeth to find the truth by forging her path with letters, adventure, and profiterole.  

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I think a soul mate is someone who inspires you to complete yourself – Louise

Life doesn’t need to be a romance novel – Elizabeth

Annoyed is a bit of a strong word but you used it – David

Are we done yet – George

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