Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Stepfather (2009)

Rating: C-
To be clear, I didn't have any false illusions of this being a great, or even a good movie. I even thought to myself, Why am I doing this? But I'll give the movie this: For a thriller, it wasn't too bad. In fact, the interaction between all of the characters, save for the boyfriend and girlfriend, and the creepiness of Dylan Walsh as the stepfather kept me engaged. What brought the movie down, ultimately, besides a lack of action between the five-minute mark and the ninety-minute mark, was the utter nonsense generated between The Boyfriend Who Knows Something Isn't Quite Right and The Girlfriend Who Is Immediately Ticked About It. Now, this is nothing new; having a character that gets suspicious, only to be seen as crazy or obsessive by those around him is an exhausted device. But this had to be the poorest execution in recent film. Other than that, this one is okay for an "edgy" family night unless of course you own the game Skip-Bo, in which case I'd go with playing Skip-Bo.

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  1. I enjoyed The Stepfather- this was just as a great as the first. Dylan Walsh did a great job filling the shoes of Terry O'Quinn

  2. I agree, as I said, that Dylan Walsh did a great job. What did you think of the original?