Lifetime Film Review: Friends Who Kill (dir by Richard Switzer)


Ah, a friend who kills.

Now, on the one hand, I guess you could make an argument that it would be good to have a friend who kills because then you wouldn’t ever have to kill.  You could just ask your friend to do a favor for you.  I can certainly understand why some people would see that as being one of the benefits that comes with having a friend who kills.  Myself, if I had a friend who killed, I would want to take them with me whenever I knew I’m going to have stand in a long line.  I mean, God knows that patience is a virtue but sometimes, you really just need to speed things up.

On the other hand, having a friend who kills probably means that you have to spend a lot of time cleaning up after them.  And if your friend is one of those people who kills in the middle of the night, you might not got much sleep.  Instead, they’ll constantly be calling you at 4 in the morning, asking you to bring a garbage bag and some bleach to a house on the other side of town.  Ultimately, it just doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble.

Lifetime’s Friends Who Kill stars Sarah Fisher as Lacy, a high school student who is struggling with failing grades and the recent divorce of her parents.  When Lacy first meets Cassie (Alexa Rose Steele), it seems like Cassie is just the type of fun-loving, parent’s-signature-forging friend that she needs but it turns out that Cassie is actually a bit unstable.  She’s a friend who kills, though she doesn’t really kill that many people in this film.  She does beat a lot of people up.  She puts one person in a coma and she hits another with a shovel.  She does commit one murder with a hockey stick and it looks like pretty messy.  I hate it when murders are committed in a living room because it totally ruins all the furniture.  I mean, just try getting a blood stain out of a couch.

Harper (Reha Sandill), who was Lacy’s best friend until Cassie showed up, tries to warn Lacy that Cassie isn’t as good of a friend as she says she is but Lacy is ready for a dangerous friend and who can blame her.  Lacy’s mother (Natalie Brown) is too busy dealing with the fallout of her divorce to really notice the murderous gleam in Cassie’s eyes.  These things happen when you’ve got a friend who kills, I suppose.

Friends Who Kill suffers a bit because it’s never quite clear why Cassie wants to be Lacy’s friend or why Lacy’s mom is so quick to assume the worst when Cassie frames Harper for revealing the circumstances of the divorce.  This is one of those films where you quickly get frustrated because no one seems to have much common sense.  Everyone is strangely quick to believe anything that Cassie says and you can understand why Harper gets so annoyed with Lacy.  On the plus side, fans of Degrassi will be happy to see that this film features two members of that classic show’s cast.  On Degrassi, Sarah Fisher played ultra-religious Becky while Alexa Steele played by Angela Jeremiah and Tori Santamaria.  Steele does a pretty good job playing up the sociopathic side of Cassie.

In the end, this film has a good message.  Friends who kill may seem like a solution to all of life’s troubles but, in the end, they’re just not worth the trouble.

One response to “Lifetime Film Review: Friends Who Kill (dir by Richard Switzer)

  1. Pingback: Lisa’s Week In Review: 11/23/20 — 11/29/20 | Through the Shattered Lens

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