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#HomecomingRevenge, #FreakyFriday, and more – TV Reviews

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Homecoming Revenge – Review

Homecoming Revenge – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Homecoming Revenge

Andrea feels a disconnect between herself and her husband because she can’t get pregnant.  She tries to convince him that adoption is the answer but he has already moved on.  After getting divorce papers, Andrea hits him in the head, killing him.   As she calls the police with fake tears, she sees the 20th high school reunion flyer in her trash.  She thinks back on the day Isabel stole homecoming queen, pushed her off the stage, and killed her future.  She decides to find Isabel and ruin her life one object at a time.

It’s not hard to see where this is going within the first five minutes.  So Isabel’s naivete comes off as sad and desperate.  But seeing how Andrea gets others to join in and use simple phone calls to destroy Isabel’s whole life is interesting.  The story offers nothing else to the viewer.  Only watch if you are as desperate as Isabel.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I just feel bad for her – Isabel

I thought we were friends – Andrea

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Disney’s Freaky Friday – Review

Disney’s Freaky Friday – Disney Channel – 1 hour and 37 minutes

Disney's Freaky Friday

Ellie is a grungy teen that is close to failing the 10th grade due to consistent truancy. She is tired of her mother Katherine constantly hovering and bossing her around. She would love to be an adult of for a day to have control over her entire life. Katherine has taken the daunting task of catering her own wedding. Her marriage is a day away and she is being featured in a magazine. If the article goes well, her business will go up. However, if it goes bad or doesn’t happen at all, she could lose the house. She wishes Ellie knew how good she had it as a carefree teen. Ellie wants to attend a scavenger hunt on the day of her mother’s wedding but her mother gives a resounding NO. As the two argue, they both grab hold of an hourglass and, in a flash, they switch bodies. Now, Katherine has to navigate Ellie’s high school life. While Ellie navigates Katherine’s career. However, switching back won’t be easy. During the first switch, the hourglass broke. Ellie remembers her late father gave one to her and Katherine. But Katherine sold it to an antique shop, which is now closed. They must find the hourglass to change back before Ellie (as her mom) marries her stepdad.

With so many version of this movie, this movie must add something new in order to draw old and new fans to the movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  This version adds 6 songs to the plot and nothing else.  The overall plot, characters, and scenery are all the same.  This version is for new fans only.  Everyone else can skip it.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I wish you’d change – Ellie

The answer is NO – Katherine

There you are. Every magician needs an assistant – Fletcher

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Garage Sale Mysteries: The Pandora’s Box Murders – Review

Garage Sale Mysteries: The Pandora’s Box Murders – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Garage Sale Mysteries: The Pandora's Box Murders

Dani and Jen are the main focus of an antique reality TV show. Although Dani is ready for her close up, Jen is a bit uncomfortable with the exaggerations. During a break from filming, Tamara comes into the store and asks for information on her mother-in-law Elizabeth’s Pandora’s box. Pandora boxes are notorious for destroying their contents if the puzzle is solved incorrectly. Tamara worries she could destroy something valuable. So she asks Jen to user her expertise to solve the puzzle. Jen agrees and starts filming. After the day is done, Jen looks for the box and it’s missing. When Jen finds the box, Tamara will be dead, Elizabeth’s cause of death will be questioned, and Jen will be looking down the barrel of a gun.

Based on the book series, this mystery is just as complex as the Pandora’s box (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  As Jen gets a step closer to finding Tamara’s killer, she learns more about the victim and the box.  Both objects are clouding Jen’s judgment of the situation.  This confusion is a new element to Jen’s character and makes for a compelling storyline about the murder.  As always, it’s funny to see people to “stay out of it” and “leave it to the police”.  Jen will never stop finding justice.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Cars can be replaced. Family can’t – Jason

I know all her lines – Dani

It’s my last chance at a smoking body – Tramell

My arrival cuts that short – Jen

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A Sister’s Secret – Review

A Sister’s Secret – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes

A Sister's Secret

Identical twins, Callie and Elizabeth have been switching places since they were little.  The only person who could ever tell them apart was their Aunt Rose.  While Rose laughs at the girls switch, she warns them of the trouble it could cause in the future.  Years later, Callie is married to Grady and they have two children.  Yet she dreams of Elizabeth’s life.  Elizabeth works for a high power investor and lives in the big city with an even bigger loft.  She hates coming home to an empty apartment and wishes she could have a family like Callie.  On their birthday, the two meet up and decide to switch.  They will live each other’s lives for one week and switch back.  Callie loves living the big city life but Elizabeth worries they will be discovered.  Elizabeth asks to switch back early but Callie is furious and decides against it.  Moments later, Callie is killed by a hit and run.  Elizabeth gets the news and can’t muster up the courage to tell Grady about the switch.  When Rose sees Elizabeth as Callie she pleads with her to tell Grady and the children the truth.  But a Detective tells her to keep quiet.  She believes the hit-and-run was not an accident and Callie’s killer may learn that he killed the wrong woman and go after her.  This deadly switch will have an unlikely ending with several people dead.

Inspired by real events, the ending wrap-up gives a new definition to “Happily Ever After”.  When viewers see the “grass is greener” set up, you want to believe you know how the story will go.  Until Callie is hit by the car.  That moment will leave you in complete shock.  Also, as Elizabeth lives Callie’s life, she goes too far.  Now protecting herself from murders becomes projecting herself from the wrath of Grady.   This twist in the story is shocking and draws the viewer into the story.  So watch when you can devote your time.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

She’s at it again, pretending to be me – Elizabeth

I’m trying – Callie

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A Summer To Remember – Review

A Summer To Remember – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Summer To Remember

Dr. Jessica is maxed out.  Her best friend is 3 weeks away from giving birth, she is a single parent, and she is up for a promotion.  While living with her daughter Ava, Jessica can’t seem to unplug.  They both need this trip to Fiji. After a little time together, Jessica eloped with Greg (Ava’s father) and got married in Fiji.  So, Fiji holds a special place in Jessica’s heart.  They always believed they would come back after graduation and start a new life.  But before Greg died, he made Jessica promise she would take Ava to Fiji one day.  Now, Jessica is fulfilling that promise.  After a few hours there, Ava and Jessica create a challenge for each other.  Ava must put down her camera and Jessica must give up her phone.  Jessica finally pays attention to the world around her and twice, love knocks at her door.    Will she answer it for Will or Dr. Trevor?

While this is a typical Hallmark movie, it just feels like the overall plot is missing.  This movie doesn’t feel like a movie.  It feels more like a part of a series.  The overall story felt incomplete and devoid of true emotions.   Hallmark must understand that new scenery to an old storyline isn’t enough to keep a viewers’ interests.  If you are determined to use the same plot, at least make it funny or add more drama to the storyline.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

Will, the co-owner, works better – Will

You said it – Ava

He’s got it – Jessica

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#DidIKillMyMother, #MommyBeMine, and more – TV Reviews

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Did I Kill My Mother? – Review

Did I Kill My Mother? – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Did I Kill My Mother

After passing the LSAT, Natalie can’t wait to share the good news with her father.  With a few joyful seconds, her world is turned upside down. Her father was found murder and police have no leads.  After a year, Natalie decided law school was too much pressure and she staying home to party and drink.  After a booze-soaked night, Natalie and her mother have a huge fight.  Natalie decides to move out after she sleeps off her drinks.  The next morning, Natalie walks downstairs to see he home ransacked and her mom’s body on the floor.  With an argument, condensation, and noisy neighbors, Natalie will end up in handcuffs and wonder what she did that night.

As Shelby and Natalie sit in a bar, they go over the suspects.  They even name themselves suspects.  So it’s easy to see how the viewer will get tripped up.  Now, understand this is a mystery with a small body count.  If you are looking for the “friendly psycho” stories with a death every 15 minutes, this isn’t the movie for you.  This is a murder mystery with several suspects and a twist at the end.  Give it your full attention so you can keep up with every intense moment.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Well that was fun – Shelby

The alcohol – Natalie

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Mommy Be Mine – Review

Mommy Be Mine – LMN – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Mommy Be Mine

As Summer open the car door during a fight with her mom Lianne, she accidentally hits Cara with it.  To make up for her mistake, Summer shows Cara around the school.  Cara had to leave her old school after her mom passed away.  Feeling some sympathy, Summer invite Cara to hang out at her home with her friends.  They have a great time and Cara offers to tutor Summer in Spanish.  Later, Summer asks Lianne if Cara could spend the night.  This decision will leave Summer screaming for the hills.

It doesn’t take long for Cara to be crazy.  Bit by bit you can see her slowly devolve and attach herself to the family.  Although his hard to decide if she wants to be Summer’s sister, Lianne’s daughter, or both.  At times it seems like Cara is trying to win Summer over.  And other times, it feels like she is pushing Summer away.  Experienced Liftimers will know how this movie will end and you are right.  So watch when you have a chance but don’t cancel plans or open the wine.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I know right. Which it’s so weird, it feels like she’s been irritating the crap out of us forever – Tori

Maybe if you were home for once in your life – Summer

Ok well, I’ll text you – Cara

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The Wrong Daughter – Review

The Wrong Daughter – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

The Wrong Daughter

After a failed IVF treatment, Joseph will do anything to make his wife Kate smile.  So he goes on the internet and finds the daughter she gave up for adoption 16 years ago.  The young girl is named Danica and Kate is surprised to learn she was never adopted by the loving couple she left Danica to after giving birth.  With 8 rough drafts, Kate finally messages Danica and in a few moments, Kate is shocked and elated to have Danica write back.  Danica says she wants to see her too and has been looking forward to this day.  Kate arranges to meet Danica at Kate’s new restaurant and get to know each other.  However, Kate doesn’t know that Danica is really Samantha.  Samantha is a volatile young woman with attachment issues that lies, cheats, steals, and kills to keep anyone in her life.  And she has stolen the real Samantha’s laptop and pretends to be her to get a new mother.  Now Samantha will happily be Danica to keep Kate in her life … and only Kate.

This thriller follows “The Wrong” movie series to a tee.  With the unsuspecting loving parent, the nosey friend, and the crazily attached person, it’s easy to see where this movie is going.  You sit and wonder how long it will take for Kate to see what her best friend Melissa realized from the moment she saw Samantha.  Joseph and Kate make it all too easy for Samantha to weave herself into their lives.  So its only fitting they end up with the wrong daughter.  If you are a fan of “The Wrong” series, sit back and enjoy.  Otherwise, this is background noise.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Break a leg – Samantha

Just stop. So now what – Joseph

I think I’m on draft eight – Kate

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Darrow and Darrow: In The Key of Murder – Review

Darrow and Darrow: In The Key of Murder – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Darrow and Darrow: In The Key of Murder

Miles and Claire decides to not “talk shop” for a week to focus on their relationship outside of the courtroom.  This pact is broken on their first date when Miles’s sister Pheobe is arrested for killing her producer Terry.  With gunshot residue on her hands, motive, and a witness to the murder via telephone call, it seems like Pheobe will be in jail for a long time. Even with all the evidence, Claire believes Pheobe didn’t commit the crime.  Now Miles and Claire will be on the same side to free his sister and find the real killer.

As evidence starts mounting up, it’s hard for even the seasoned viewer to believe in Pheobe’s innocence.  But with an unlikeable victim, it’s easy to see how anyone could have shot him.  And that’s what gives the story its bark.  Now to understand the reasoning behind the murder, you must pay full attention to the movie.  It’ssuspensefull and keeps you hooked.  Also, the subplots are strong and touching .

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I swear if you do that, you’ll be sorry – Terry

It’s call mindfulness, you should try it so time – Claire

Oh, you poor thing. You think this is normal – Joanna

Not yet – Miles

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#BobbiKristina, #WickedMomsClub, and more – TV Reviews

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Bobbi Kristina – Review

Bobbi Kristina – TVOne – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Bobbi Kristina

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


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Wicked Mom’s Club – Review

Wicked Mom’s Club – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Wicked Mom's Club

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:

  1. Olivia – Head of the Gym Moms, Head of the PTA, Mother of Chelsea
  2. Suki – A Gym Mom, ousted from the group, mother of Hailey
  3. Colleen – A Gym Mom, PTA member, flirt, married to a police officer
  4. Reyna – A Gym Mom, PTA member, mother of Taylor
  5. 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

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All of My Heart: Inn Love – Review

All of My Heart: Inn Love – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

All of My Heart: Inn Love

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

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A Mother’s Crime – Review

A Mother’s Crime – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Mother's Crime

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

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