Reviewed byCanadianBillVote: 4/10/10
The poorly-written premise here, supposedly based on 'true events', isabout a 19 yr old girl who finds her father after her mom died. Thefirst 70-odd minutes of this movie has a vanilla, almost Disney-likefeel to it. The final 15 or 20 will actually be worth it for some, andanother predictable and thus disappointing end to others.
While I must admit that I did not fully have the end-game all figuredout early-on like some, the 'twist' still came with little shock simplybecause these types of movies almost always read the same.
Don't get me wrong, there are some few shreds of entertainment value tobe had here. For me it was the presence of Jennifer Beals as thetroubled and tormented mom. For others it might for all I know be thevery slight hints of incest. Still others might enjoy its slowpot-boiler suspense (if you can call it that) with G-rated language.
But the sad fact is that those who are looking for a well-writtenwell-directed and well-acted dramatic masterpiece are in for a letdown.I gave it 4/10 stars, 3 for Beals' presence, and one more for Lola Tash(spelled as "Trash" btw in the Shaw Cable listings writeup for thismovie, lol) who was a pleasant surprise. Jenn Beals deserves betterthan this, and I hope to see Lola in some bigger budget productions infuture where she can really show her talent.
Reviewed bywes-connorsVote: /10
Following a nervous breakdown, attractive businesswoman Jennifer Beals(as Elizabeth "Liz" Michaels) is sent home from the psychiatrichospital. With help from some balancing medication, Ms. Beals believesshe can also return to work. This is great news, because handsomemusician husband Dylan Neal (as Gabe) is still looking for abest-seller, after completing two albums. The couple have one son, cutehigh school-aged Spencer List (as AJ). For some unexplained reason, Mr.List can't attract a pretty girl at school. After grocery shopping oneday, mom and dad are accosted by beautiful blonde 19-year-old Lola Tash(as Caitlin Patterson). She claims her recently deceased mother namedMr. Neal as her father...
This makes the sexy young woman Neal's daughter from a briefrelationship, occurring way back. Presently living in her car, Ms. Tashis invited into the family. Now, remember Ms. Beals had a psychiatricproblem. At first, she accepts Tash as a step-daughter. But Bealsstarts to see Tash getting very chummy with the family. One scene hasTash spilling a drink on her ample chest, with the camera moving in toshow Neal patting out the wetness as it drips down her cleavage. Tashalso makes slightly younger List giggle when tickling his upper thighsas they play video games. Beals witnesses these incidents and thinksthey may not be so innocent. They are not explicit enough for us toknow what's going on, supposedly...
In reality, it's fairly obvious...
This "Lifetime" TV movie never gets away from its formula, but directorVic Sarin and the cast do make it slightly better than ordinary. Thisis most evident in the four leading players. They remain convincing, asMr. Sarin keeps their characterizations on track through some idiocy.Beals does not seem like she could have been crazy, but we're not shownthat part of the story. List says he loves the "Underground Records"shop where Tash works, but does not recognize the gorgeous blonde whoworked there is his new sister. Yet, List portrays his young teenagecharacter very well. The opening minutes go overboard in showing Tash'semotions, but she's quite impressive. Finally, Neal definitively nailshis daddy role home.
***** A Wife's Nightmare (12/27/14) Vic Sarin ~ Jennifer Beals, LolaTash, Dylan Neal, Spencer List
Liz, just returned home after a mental breakdown, has to welcome a relative stranger into her home when Caitlin, a young, vivacious woman, claims to be her husband's daughter.