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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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#Custody, #NannySeduction, and more – TV Reviews

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Custody – Review

Custody – Lifetime – 2 hours and 33 minutes

Custody

After coming home from a double shift, Sarah finds her son, David, at a party with kids she believes are a bad influence. She brings her son home and smacks him on the head. He trips and falls on to the glass coffee table. He receives a small cut above his eye and bruises. The next day, David’s teacher sees his bruise and reports it to the nurse, who call social services. By the end of the day, Sarah’s kids (David and her daughter Tia) are taken by ACS and she doesn’t see them for 2 days. From that point on this story focuses on three people:

  • Martha: the judge, in the middle of a separation, recent empty nester
  • Alexandra: a new attorney, Yale graduate, and molestation victim
  • Sarah: mother of 2, low wage worker, rough past

As missteps, lies, and frustrations play out in the court room, there is only one question: Will Sarah get her children back?

This story is hard to watch but necessary. It’s easy for the viewer to side with Sarah. This is why the story of a 5 year old girl, starved to death, just months after she is returned to a mother with a past addiction, is played over and over in the background. The viewer is reminded that not all cases are like Sarah’s but they need to be treated seriously. This movie also displays overworked court appointed attorneys and understaffed child services providers. Then by getting a glimpse into each woman’s life, you don’t see an up-tight women looking down on a poor woman. You see 3 women all with problems beyond their gender, ethnicity, and income. If you watch this, watch it with an open-mind and a open heart. It deserves your full attention, so DVR and get your wine.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I don’t remember – David

Did I do something wrong – Tia

Who goes dancing on a weeknight – Sarah

Calm down – Mr. Santoro

I’ve never done that before – Alexandra

We say it because its true. It’s ACS’s job to monitor – Martha

I didn’t expect this to happen – Jason

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Nanny Seduction – Review

Nanny Seduction – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Nanny Seduction

Kara and Ben are attempting to rebuild their marriage after Ben’s affair. Not just for themselves but for Riley, their 8 year old daughter. Six months ago, Ben and Kara adopted Riley to save her from an alcoholic mother. As previously believed, Riley is slowly adjusting, but things change when their nanny, Mrs. Gregory leaves to take care of her grandchild. Ben and Kara have to do a quick nanny search to replace her. The first nanny, Kelcie, is quickly fired after her negligence leaves Ben and Kara without a stove. The second nanny, Alyssa, seems like a dream come true. But with strange phone calls, Vanessa (Riley’s birth mother) sneaking around their home, and Ben’s biggest secret plaguing their lives, Ben and Kara are ill prepared for one event … Riley has disappeared.

This is fun to watch because of all the “shade” and back handed comments being made. It’s easy to laugh at the clueless parents when this happens. Even though this movie starts as a mystery, the kidnapper is given to you on a sliver platter. That’s when the movie changes from a mystery to a drama. This is a movie for the “when will they get it” watcher. If you love to watch a seductress slither through an unsuspecting home causing havoc, this is your movie. DVR to skip the commercials but don’t cancel your plans to watch.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m going across town not across the country – Mrs. Gregory

She’ll come around. It’s you after all. What’s not to love – Ben

Well that makes one of us – Kara

You know, this is the real entitlement generation – Kelcie

Awww, come one, Ben. It’s just a picture – Alyssa

Where’s my mommy and daddy – Riley

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Deadly Lessons – Review

Deadly Lessons – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Deadly Lessons

After Lisa’s friends, Tiffany and Patrick, catch her affair with her ethics professor, Dr. Harris, he is given only two options: quit or be exposed. To save his reputation, he choses to quit. But Lisa, although not punished, decides to leave the school 2 semesters shy of graduation to be with Dr. Harris. Soon the couple is engaged and living together. And as the old saying goes, ‘You don’t know a person until you live with them’ rings frighteningly true. As Lisa lives with him she discovers 2 ex wives, a volatile temper, and a missing best friend.

This doesn’t feel like a movie … more like a PSA on domestic violence. It does provide a bit of a mystery into Dr. Harris’s past but nothing new. This movie have been done before so experienced Lifetimers will be bored. This is a background noise movie with weird angles and unnecessary close-ups. It can be skipped.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

If she only knew – Dr. Harris

Thanks Dr. Harris – Lisa

He gets to everyone – Patrick

When it’s time someone got to him – Tiffany

There is a special place in hell for a woman who doesn’t help another woman – Wendy

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