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Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Sarah Burns, Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides, Isabella Kai Rice, Robert Ray Wisdom, Alex Quijano, Cheryl Ladd

Director: Denise Di Novi

The chances of recalling anything much about De Novi’s eminently unmemorable directorial debut after a few days are pretty minute unless you have recently rebooted your memory or are just plain unfortunate.

But should you fancy an increasingly unlikely TV-movie style melodrama put across with all the credibility of a politician addressing potential voters during an election then, on its own increasingly daft over-acted, over-written-and-enthusiastically over-acted terns, it comes across painless no-strain-on-the brain fun and fury.

Unfortunately Stults’ ex-wife Heigl turns out to be the kind of psychopath who would give Norman Bates nightmares and, employing her ex-husband and their young daughter as weapons against Dawson, she begins a nightmare reign of terror and worse to reclaim her husband…

De Novi who also doubles as producer, unexpectedly perhaps, elicits the enthusiastic larger-than-life performances from her leads that she needs to put the show across as engagingly as possible without leaving much of a trace in filmgoers’ grey cells.

Alan Frank

USA 2017. UK Distributor: Warner Brothers. Colour.
96 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 29 Aug 2017

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