Today, I watched My Little Girl Is Gone, which premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network last night.
Why Was I Watching It?
As I stated above, My Little Girl Is Gone actually aired last night. Usually, I make it a point to watch the latest Lifetime movie as soon as it airs but, last night, I was exhausted. Seriously, SyFy’s shark week has taken a lot out of me! So, I set the DVR and I watched it this morning.
Beyond the fact that I’m trying to make room on my DVR (I’ve currently got about 7 hours of recording space still available), I also watched this movie because Lifetime has a history of good kidnapping films. At its best, Lifetime is about bringing to life everyone’s most basic fears. I don’t know any mother who wouldn’t be terrified about her child suddenly vanishing.
What Was It About?
It’s about kidnapping and murder and romance and all the rest!
Stephanie (Sarah Lind) is looking forward to a good life. Not only is she about to make a fortune designing handbags but she’s also engaged to marry the handsome and rich Jameson (Robb Derringer). Jameson is about to become the stepfather to Stephanie’s daughter, Caitlin (Dylan Raine Woods), and Stephanie is become the stepmother to Jameson’s teenage son, Shane (Braeden Carl).
There’s only a few problems. For one thing, Stephanie’s ex, Henry (Philip Boyd), doesn’t seem to be too happy about the engagement. Secondly, Stephanie is getting strange phone calls from someone who is telling her not to marry Jameson and warning that, if she does, her daughter will be abducted. When Stephanie ignores the caller and marries Jameson, Caitlin promptly vanishes.
Could it be Henry trying to break up Stephanie’s marriage? Or does Jameson have secrets of his own?
The film’s main mystery was a good one. Even though the pay-off was a bit disappointing, I was intrigued by who had kidnapped Caitlin and I was also curious about what exactly Jameson was hiding behind his superficial charm. Dylan Raine Woods and Braeden Carl both gave good and natural performances as the two stepchildren and C.J. Valleroy had some funny moments as Shane’s best friend, Eli.
What Did Not Work?
The mystery was intriguing but the solution sadly wasn’t. The story’s ultimate villain was a bit too obvious. so it wasn’t really a shock when their true nature was revealed.
As well, it never seemed like there was enough panic when Caitlin disappeared. Everyone seemed to adjust to her absence pretty easily. At times, I found myself wondering if the family really wanted her back.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
Caitlin handled being kidnapped with cheerfulness and positivity. If I had been kidnapped at that age, I like to think that I would have handled it as well as Caitlin did.
Be careful who you trust. The handbag business is ruthless af!