If you’ve watched enough Lifetime films, you know that it’s rarely a good thing when you’re living near a vineyard.
I mean, sure, there’s a certain amount of romance to them. Any single mom who lives in a house near a vineyard is guaranteed to meet at least one handsome stranger. And, of course, living near a vineyard always means that you have a steady supply of wine so that you can have a fun girl’s night with your sassy, sex-obsessed best friend.
But, seriously, bad stuff happens in those vineyards. It seems like people are always getting chased around the vineyards. Often times, spending a night in the vineyards is a good way to get yourself murdered. Even if you somehow manage to survive your night in the vineyards, there’s still a good chance that you’ll end up getting kidnapped and tied up in someone’s wine cellar. Vineyards just aren’t worth the trouble. As if to prove my point, Murder in the Vineyard aired on Lifetime on July 18th. I recorded it on my DVR (which, unlike a vineyard, is always a good place to visit) and then I watched it earlier today.
Murder in the Vineyard starts off on a good note by featuring a murder in a vineyard. Within the first few minutes, the film has already lived up to its name and that’s definitely something that I appreciated. Once we get the first murder out of the way, we met Emma Kirk (Helena Mattsson) and her teenage daughter, Bea (Emma Fuhrmann). Emma has just taken over the family winery and Bea is struggling to fit in at her new school. While Emma reconnects with a childhood love, Bea strikes up a tentative relationship with the school football star.
Unfortunately, not everyone at the school is happy about the idea of Bea showing up out of nowhere and dating one of the most popular guys in the class. The snobby cheerleaders, who we’re told have a history of hazing new students, start to target her. Suddenly, there’s a website that’s devoted exclusively to harassing Bea. Nasty rumors are being spread about her at school. When she goes to a party, someone slips something into her drink. Someone is targeting Bea and, as you might guess from that murder that we saw earlier in the movie, that someone is prepared to go to extremes.
As far as dangerous vineyard movies are concerned, Murder in the Vineyard was a good one. There was enough suspense over who was harassing Bea that the film worked as a mystery and the scenes when Emma reconnects with Luke (Daniel Hall) were enjoyable. Helena Mattsson and Daniel Hall made for a cute couple so you definitely hoped the best for them. Mattsson and Emma Fuhrmann were also believable as mother and daughter and anyone who was overprotected by their mom will be able to relate to some of what Bea goes through. Probably the best thing about the film is that the vineyard was pretty. It was a bit like a Lifetime version of Sideways, in that as much emphasis was put on the beauty of the California landscape as on the plot. If someone’s going to get murdered in your vineyard, it should at least be a pretty one.