‘The Wrong Stepfather’: Lifetime’s movie is formulaic but intense performances are its saving grace

Spoilers for ‘The Wrong Stepfather’

A loving stepdad who needs nothing extra on the earth than to guard his household and hold it collectively is on the middle of this movie. The intentions are clear and trustworthy but this stepdad wears many masks.

Craig Inexperienced (Corin Nemec) is a school counselor who helps pressured highschool seniors and their nervous mother and father get into the varsity of their selection. But that is solely a garb to cover one thing nefarious, an evil facet that management’s Craig’s each transfer. From the phrase go, we are advised that Craig’s unhealthy information. Each time he seems on display or somebody mentions him, it is ably supported by a darkish and devious soundtrack reminding us that this is the man to be careful for. We are robbed of the posh of guessing video games. We already know who the antagonist is. But director David DeCoteau makes good in the best way the narrative unfolds.

How Mrs Woodley’s (Krista Allen) daughter Sarah (Sydney Malakeh) goes on a seek for reality kinds the skeleton of the entire movie. But, as a result of it is a thriller, Sarah’s search is not going to be a straightforward one. Shaky digicam actions, sinister background rating, and conversations that are left as cliffhangers — we are fed with tropes which were recycled 1,000,000 instances over many years. 

Sarah has not met Craig but Mrs Woodley arranges for them to have an introductory chat. She solely needs the most effective for his or her future — a loving household after a whirlwind divorce and an admission (for Sarah) to an excellent college. Little did she know that this very chat would throw Sarah for a loop. She grew suspicious of Craig the second she figured he was on medicine. Sarah even came upon that his earlier consumer was a single mom getting her daughter into an Ivy League school.

She was capable of join the dots but her much-in-love mom, Mrs Woodley, was too taken to appreciate that perhaps her romantic adventures with Craig are placing their lives in danger. It was not till she was drugged by Craig whereas he stepped out to deal with Sarah in his personal method that she realized that he was certainly the fallacious stepfather… the sort who would go any size to maintain the household collectively. But you can not power love and togetherness, are you able to?

‘The Wrong Stepfather’ is not too fallacious but is not too proper as nicely. We have now seen all of this. We all know what’s at stake and may, at instances, guess how the story will chart its path. Regardless of trustworthy performances, the movie falls flat as a result of the plot appears partially contrived.  We have now seen numerous thrillers that unfold itself in a similar way and there was nothing novel being supplied.

But when we needed to single out one side that stands out within the movie then it needs to be Craig’s breakdown in the course of the climax scene the place he frantically appears to be like for Sarah. We see the fad in his eyes as he searches for her to kill her in order that he and Mrs Woodley can have their fortunately ever after. It was evident that it stems from innumerable rejections he has confronted from girls due to their teenage daughters. Nemec was fantastically sinful in these moments and we want the movie had extra of it. 

In a nutshell, ‘The Wrong Stepfather’ is a thriller all of us have seen and know of. Nevertheless, be careful for the intense performances.

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