Monday, April 5, 2010

The Stepfather (2009) PG13 - 3½ Stars

I'm not big into the -I want to hunt you down and kill you movies- as they're usually full of blood causing me to shut my eyes a lot. But I thought this movie had some pretty good suspense to it with all the bloody gore. It kept me attached to my seat throughout the entire movie with no potty breaks. Even the acting was pretty good which helped make the story more believable. It's not a bad thriller at all.

Susan Harding (Sela Ward), has been divorced for a while now raising her two young children Beth (Skyler Samuels), and Sean (Braeden Lemasters), on her own. Her oldest son Michael Harding (Penn Badgley), has just returned home after being sent away to boarding school. But there's been some changes at home since Michael has been gone. David Harris (Dylan Walsh), has moved in claiming he wants to make the family whole again by marrying Susan and becoming the children's stepfather. Michael was never close with his real father and is very skeptical of David trying to become his friend. When he over hears Mrs. Cutter (Nancy Linehan Charles), the little old lady from across the street, tell Susan she watched an episode of "America's Most Wanted," she thinks she saw a sketch looking a lot like David. Michael constantly discusses his reservations about his new stepfather with his girlfriend Kelly Porter (Amber Heard), who usually makes him realise he is letting his mind wander. But when Mrs. Cutter is suddenly found dead, Michael does a little investigating of his own.

Imprint Entertainment, Granada, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Nelson McCormick
Writer: J.S. Cardone
Producers: Mark Morgan, Greg Mooradian
I viewed 3/10

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