This morning, I watched the latest Lifetime premiere movie, Lethal Soccer Mom!
Why Was I Watching It?
Seriously, how could anyone resist a movie with a title like Lethal Soccer Mom?
Actually, according to the imdb, this film was originally titled Sidelined so I’m going to guess that Lifetime changed the title so it could fit in with their “lethal” series of films. Personally, I think Lifetime probably made the right choice here. Sidelined isn’t bad but Lethal Soccer Mom just demands to be watched.
For the record, the film itself actually premiered on Friday night but since I was out, I set the DVR to record it.
What Was It About?
Kate (Tanya Clarke) and her teenage daughter, Cameron (Sarah Grey) have just moved into a new home and Cameron is starting at a new school. Cameron can’t wait to join her school’s soccer team but she soon discovers that the team’s star player, Hailey (Hannah Vandenbygaart) views her as being a rival. Complicating things is the fact that Hailey’s mother, Rhonda (Christina Cox), is the coach of the team and worries that Cameron might overshadow her daughter.
As messy as that sounds, it gets even messier when it turns out that Rhonda is willing to do anything make her daughter a star. Soon, Cameron is being pushed down stairs, getting beaten up at practice, and even her grades are being tampered with! How far is Rhonda willing to go to keep Cameron off the team?
Well, the title of the movie is Lethal Soccer Mom…
When your movie has a title like Lethal Soccer Mom, you’re being promised a certain amount of melodramatic excess and this film certainly delivered on that promise. Tanya Clarke, Christina Cox, Sarah Grey, and Hannah Vandenbygaart delivered a quartet of fine performances. Christina Cox, in particular, really seemed to be having a lot of fun as she did everything from seducing her daughter’s boyfriend to chasing her daughter’s rival around the high school with a bat. A Lifetime film is usually only as good as its villain and Cox turned the coach into a great one!
Lethal Soccer Mom also did a good job of suggesting that, under different circumstances, both Kate and Cameron could probably be just as obsessive and dangerous as Rhonda. In fact, the only person who didn’t seem to be way too obsessed with soccer was Hailey.
What Did Not Work?
It all worked! This is the type of Lifetime films that I love: outrageous, melodramatic, over the top, a little bit silly, and consistently entertaining.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
I never played soccer, both because of my asthma and also because it always seemed like everyone I knew was playing soccer and, even at a young age, I always had to be different. Two of my sisters did play but, when we were growing up, my family moved around too much for any of us to ever get caught up in too much team drama. Fortunately, my mom never had to become a full-fledged soccer mom. However, because I was in love with dancing, my mom did spend several years dealing with other dance moms. Let me tell you, crazy soccer moms have got nothing on crazy dance moms.
Soccer makes people crazy. Of course, we all already knew that…