Cleaning Out The DVR, Again #3: Mommy’s Little Girl (dir by Curtis Crawford)


Mommy's Little Girl

After I finished up The Other Wife, I continued to clean out my DVR by rewatching Mommy’s Little Girl.

Mommy’s Little Girl, was premiered on Lifetime on March 19th, is a crazy little kid movie.  How crazy?  Well, the film is also known as Mommy’s Little Murderer and for good reason!  Speaking for myself, I always enjoy a good crazy kid movie because this entire genre is built around an uncomfortable truth: Children are creepy!  They’ve got those squeaky voices and they’re always staring and they don’t have a filter so you never know what they’re going to say to you.  Even worse, it’s somehow considered socially unacceptable to snap at a stranger’s child, even if it’s obvious that stranger has no idea how to raise their children.

Plus, you have to consider that every serial killer was a child at some point.  If a child did decide to kill you, he’d probably get away with it.  You wouldn’t think to be cautious if you were alone with him because everyone assumes that children always have the best intentions.  No investigator would give serious consideration to the possibility that you were murdered by a child.  Even if the kid was arrested, he’d only be charged as a minor.  He would ultimately end up with a clean record while you just ended up as some sort of dumbass ghost haunting the landfill where he dumped your body.

Seriously, people need to think about this stuff before they deal with children.

Consider Sadie Connell (Emma Hentschel), the title character of Mommy’s Little Girl.  Sadie is only 11 years old and, as cute and innocent-looking as she may be, when we first meet her, she’s already killed at least one person.  She arranged for her abusive grandfather to take a nasty tumble down a flight of stairs.  In fact, not only did she kill her grandfather but she also stole his lighter.  She claims that it’s a magic lighter and, despite being a non-smoker, Sadie finds many uses for that flame.  For instance, she can use the lighter to threaten her dolls.  And when a classmate bullies her, she uses the lighter to punish his prized action figures.

Over the course of the movie, Sadie commits a few more murders.  She pushes people off cliffs.  She poisons their food.  At one point, she even places her hands over one unfortunate victim’s mouth and helps to suffocate her.  Sadie is definitely a little bit psycho and yet, as a viewer, I couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for her.  Both her grandparents treated her so badly that you can’t blame Sadie for being a little bit bitter.  As for her classmate with his precious action figures — well, nobody likes a bully.

At the start of the film, Sadie is finally reunited with her mother, Theresa (Fiona Gubelmann), who has issues of her own when Sadie was born and, as a result, allowed her daughter to be raised by her parents.  However, Theresa now has her life together and is ready to raise her daughter!  Sadie is so excited to finally have a family but she’s also extremely paranoid of losing that family.  Some of the film’s best scenes come when Sadie fears that she’s about to be rejected and sent back to her grandmother.  Sadie never becomes a one-dimensional villain.  The end result is a Lifetime film that actually makes you think.

Keep an eye out for Mommy’s Little Girl!