"Poor Gabi, couldn't accept her new family". Um, can you blame her? When people with hidden agendas are involved, it's a slippery slope.
Anyway, 2021's Evil Stepmom is one of the weirdest, campiest, and most manipulative films in the Lifetime Network canon. As something about a fake mother and daughter who worm their way into a rich family (that lost its mom to a brain aneurysm). "Stepmom" has a little at stake despite holding back on the devious murders (for all the temptation, there aren't any).
"Stepmom" revels in numerous long shots of the rich family's overly big mansion (you could play a drinking game every time they are shown). Also, the actors have extended expressions on their faces and you salivate for them to just say something (which they eventually do). The rich father is Tim and he is played with reactionary sentiment by Randy Thomas. Tim's youngest is Gabrielle and she is played with a Firstborn quality in Julia Lalonde.
As usual with any Lifetime endeavor, Evil Stepmom has the antagonists getting away scot-free with most of the characters (including the middle-aged dad) being oblivious to the wily shenanigans that's going on. Without the Internet, smartphone pics, background checks, wide open silver foxes, and dating sites, "Stepmom's" inching conundrum would cease to exist.
"Stepmom's" hook is soccer dads who don't get too technical in their coaching. "Stepmom's" twist is a pseudo pregnancy which is clearly a trap. "Stepmom's" locales are clearly recycled (overhead shot of a high school is featured hint, hint). Finally, Evil Stepmom would rather stick to the outlined, Lifetime coda structure than punch you in the gut (like Girl in the Basement and/or The Husband did). I'm going with a mixed review which means it's worth at least one viewing. Just don't watch with an "evil eye".
Twins Annabelle (Hannah Vandenbygaart) and Gabriella (Julia Lalonde) love playing soccer and are coached by their dad, Tim (Randy Thomas), who is a widower. Ready to see their dad start dating again, Annabelle sets up a dating profile for Tim. Gabriella isn't ready to see their dad move on but, with encouragement from Annabelle, reluctantly agrees to go along with her plan. When Bethany (Emily Clarke), a transfer student, joins the girls' soccer team, Annabelle realizes Bethany's mom, Caroline (Tara Spencer-Nairn), has matched with their dad on his dating profile. Excited, Annabelle immediately bonds with Bethany to ensure her dad and Caroline hit it off-and they do. But Gabriella is suspicious of Caroline and Bethany's intentions: Caroline quickly goes from dating Tim to getting engaged and pregnant, while Bethany drives a wedge between Annabelle and Gabriella, harassing Gabriella at every turn. Determined to prove Caroline and Bethany are up to no good, Gabriella learns Caroline is actually Bethany's older sister, and the pair have been taking advantage of wealthy single fathers for years. Now, Gabriella must convince Annabelle to help her remove the women from their lives before Caroline can become their evil stepmom. —Jakkepoes
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October 05, 2021 at 11:41 AM