On Friday night, I watched the latest Lifetime premiere, Mommy Be Mine!
Why Was I Watching It?
Finally, I’m healthy again! After spending two freaking weeks getting my ass kicked by allergy season, I finally feel as if I can start writing about and reviewing movies again. Obviously, after being knocked out for two weeks, I’ve got a lot to get caught up on so I decided what better way to start than to watch the Friday premiere of the latest Lifetime film, Mommy Be Mine?
What Was It About?
It’s Cara’s (Sierra Pond) first day at school and she already has a friend! In fact, Cara has decided that Summer (Ava Locklear) is her best friend, despite the fact that 1) Cara has only known her for a day and 2) Summer already has a best friend, the wonderfully sarcastic Tori (Megan McGown).
Still, Cara is determined to not only make Summer like her but to also become a surrogate daughter to Cara’s mother, Lianne (Arianne Zucker). In fact, Cara even starts to call Lianne “mom.” Everyone agrees that’s kind of creepy but Cara seems like such a nice girl. I mean, it’s not like she’s actually a psychotic killer who has killed in the past and who is planning on killing again…
Or is she!?
Sierra Pond did a good job as the scheming psycho. It was obvious that she was having fun playing the role and, as a result, it was fun to watch her perform. As well, Arianne Zucker was sympathetic as the overprotective mother. When she finally snapped and told off Cara, it was a great moment.
What Did Not Work?
Usually, I have little trouble suspending my disbelief when it comes to a Lifetime film. Lifetime films are specifically designed to be melodramatic and just a little bit silly. That’s what makes them so much fun. If the characters didn’t always do the stupidest possible thing, the viewer would miss out on the fun of yelling, “Oh my God, you’re so stupid!”
That said, even by the standards of Lifetime, Cara was a bit too obviously insane. That’s not to say that Seirra Pond didn’t do a good job playing the role. She appeared to be having a lot of fun with the role. But, as a character, Cara was so obviously messed up that it was hard to sympathize with anyone who would actually be stupid enough to allow her into their house. The minute she started calling Lianne “mom” should have been the minute that both Lianne and Summer announced, “Okay, time for you to go away now!”
As good as the rest of the cast was, Ava Locklear sometimes seemed to be lost in the role of Summer. This was her first leading role and, in some scenes, her inexperience definitely showed.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
As always, I totally related to the sarcastic (if obviously doomed) best friend. From the minute that she first met Cara, Tori not only knew that she was up to no good but she had no hesitation about sharing that opinion. Unfortunately, characters in Lifetime films never seem to listen to their sarcastic best friend until it’s too late. Sarcastic best friends always end up dying a little after the one hour mark and it’s a shame.
Seriously, if your oldest friend in the world says your newest friend is a psycho bitch, don’t question the conclusion. Trust the voice of experience.