(I recorded Seduced By Neighbor off of Lifetime on November 11th, 2018.)
Awwww, what a happy couple!
That picture above is of Mike (Trevor St. John) and Sarah (Andrea Bogart) relaxing in Sarah’s hot tub. Sarah’s a single mother who recently lost her husband in a traffic auto accident. Mike is the self-appointed head of the neighborhood watch and he also recently lost his spouse in a tragic accident. As soon as Sarah and her daughter, Allie (Sierra McCormick), moved into their new house, Mike introduced himself and made it a point to always drive by the house in his little golf cart and make sure that everything was safe. How couldn’t Sarah fall in love with such a great, considerate guy?
Or, at least, that’s the way that Mike likes to imagine it. See, that picture above is just Mike’s fantasy. That’s the future that he imagines awaits him and Sarah. What Mike doesn’t take into account is that, while Sarah appreciates his dedication to keeping the neighborhood safe, she’s not interested in being seduced by her neighbor. Instead, she’s far more interested in Chris (Rocky Myers), the superhot fireman who comes by the house after one of Allie’s friends sets the kitchen on fire.
Realizing that he’s running the risk of losing his fantasy, Mike decides to take action. He challenges Chris to a game of ping pong, one that quickly spirals out of control. Mike may win the game but he’s such an obnoxious player that it certainly doesn’t make him look any more attractive in the eyes of …. well, just about anyone.
Well, if ping pong didn’t work, how about murder?
Yes, it turns out that Mike is a psycho. That really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever watched a Lifetime film. In the wold of Lifetime, your neighbor is always likely to turn out to be an obsessive psychopath. The more friendly he is, the more likely it is that he’s filled your house with hidden cameras and that he’s spending all of his time watching you on his laptop. We all know how these things work.
So, Seduced By My Neighbor may sound like a typical Lifetime film but, in general, I like Lifetime films so that wasn’t a problem for me. Plus, Trevor St. John does a good job playing the psycho, making him friendly and creepy at the same time. From the minute that Mike shows up, it’s obvious that there’s something a little bit off about him but, at the same time, you can understand how someone still struggling to recover from losing her husband could be taken in by someone who says that he just wants to make sure that everyone in the neighborhood is safe and happy.
And, finally, there’s that ping pong game. Yes, I’m coming back to the ping pong game because it was definitely the highlight of the film. Strutting around and yelling every time he scores a point, Mike becomes every dudebro that you’ve ever seen playing pool in a frat house. Wisely, Chris just kind of smiles and lets Mike have his moment. That scene was just so over the top and fun that it pretty much epitomized everything that you could want from a Lifetime film.
I won’t spoil it but Seduced By My Neighbor had a good ending, one that revolved around an earlier plot point that, until the final few minutes of the film, I thought the movie had merely abandoned. It was a properly chilling moment, one that definitely felt appropriate for our paranoid age.