So, imagine this scenario.
You’re young, you’re attractive, you’ve got a great career, and you’ve got a partner who is also young and attractive and who has a great career. You’ve just arranged to buy a new home and it’s a big, beautiful, and surprisingly affordable house. Of course, you suspect that the house has a history but then again, what house doesn’t? It’s a little bit annoying that the lights keep randomly going out but that’s what you get for living in California. So, you move into the house and it seems like everything’s perfect.
Your realtor simply will not go away! It’s not enough that she showed you the house and arranged for you to purchase it and that she also apparently lied to the bank on your behalf (even though you certainly didn’t ask her to do that). She also wants to be your best friend. She wants to be a part of your family. You simply cannot get rid of her….
That’s the situation in which Annie (Lily Anne Harrison) and her husband Ralph (Brian Ames) find themselves. Annie’s a successful lawyer. Ralph’s a photographer. Annie’s pregnant with their first child. The house is lovely. Everything should be great. But Meg (Christie Burson) simply won’t stop coming by the house!
Annie thinks it’s strange to come home and find her realtor cooking dinner in the kitchen. Ralph thinks that it’s nothing to worry about but then, during a photography session, Meg tries to kiss him. Ralph and Annie tell Meg to stop coming around but Meg keeps showing up. The increasingly distraught Meg insists that someone was trying to break into the house and that the house itself has a dangerous history that Annie and Ralph need to know about. Soon, Meg ends up in jail.
Problem solved, right?
Well, no. Not only does Meg escape from jail but it turns out that there’s even more to Meg’s story than Annie and Ralph originally suspected….
I’ve always felt that one of the best things about Lifetime movies is that they always seem to take place in big houses and Ruthless Realtor proves my point. The house really is gorgeous, regardless of how many have died inside of it. When Annie tells her friend Lynette (Alexandra Peters) that she plans on staying in the house regardless of all the craziness going on around and inside of it, you can hardly blame her. A big house like that? A few murders are worth the risk!
Along with the big house, the other thing that I liked about Ruthless Realtor is that, as played by Christie Burson, Meg is literally the only likable character in the film. Even though she’s obviously unstable and tries to break up a marriage, it’s impossible not to sympathize with her. Annie and Lynette are both extremely self-righteous and full of themselves. Ralph is painfully goofy. But Meg actually believes in something and you have to feel sorry for her as she vainly tries to convince Annie that something terrible has happened at the house. It should be noted that the film seems to fully understand that Meg is a hundred times more likable than any of the other characters and it takes good advantage of that fact with a few twists during the final half of the film.
Ruthless Realtor is an entertaining-enough Lifetime film. If nothing else, it deserves to be seen for Christie Burson’s performance as Meg and for that beautiful house.