Girlfriend Killer (2017 Lifetime)
Stars: Barbie Castro, Brian Gross, Jason Cook
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
A businesswoman who creates the perfect marriage proposals for wealthy men becomes the target of a crazy client’s obsession when she shows compassion after his girlfriend publicly rejects him.
Another Barbie Castro production, I’m never sure if I’m impressed or annoyed she produces/stars in her movies. It’s like great a female LatinX artist, but also… her Lifetime movies tend to be slower paced. This one features her daughter Taylor Castro. They play a divorced mother and musician daughter: Carmen and Ayla. They work together, setting up proposals for people, and recording them with a camera from a distance. The business it well-meaning, but a little creepy.
Carmen is dating a blonde Keith Urban knock off named Ryan. She plans her next proposal, which is Christmas themed, it is strange because it is June. (I’m not in the Christmas spirit right now.) The man she is prepping for is named Emerson. The proposal seems to be going very well until he pulls out the ring. The would-be fiance stops him in his track and tells him that she has been cheating on him. The whole thing is filmed. Carmen rushes over to build Emerson’s confidence and offer a refund. He won’t insist on paying and probably starts to fall in love with her. Afterward, he goes to his car and punches the steering wheel a lot.
Nick, Ayla’s father/Carmen’s ex is still in the picture. It is a little awkward because they split time with Ayla. Ayla isn’t thrilled to spend time with her father because of his girlfriend, Zoe. Is she out of town for most of this movie?
Someone breaks into Carmen’s house and steals items from her office to steal video footage. (It is Emerson taking his tape back.) Carmen and Ryan notice that jewelry and other valuables weren’t taken. They call detectives who advise them to get a dog and security system. The locks on the house are changed, but that doesn’t stop Carmen from feeling like she is being watched.
Emerson hides a body in the middle of the woods; I’m assuming he killed his girlfriend. (Hence the title.) He then becomes obsessed with Carmen watching her on a sexy video he stole and posting pictures of her on his wall. Then he stalks Carmen and hits Ryan with his car.
When a jogger finds the body of the girlfriends, the most attractive detectives are on the case. They question everyone involved and look fabulous while doing it. They eventually focus in on Emerson and find his serial killer wall. The detectives warn Carmen and Ryan.
Next, we get a GAY wedding proposal, and I take back anything critical I’ve ever said about Barbie Castro. Thank you for including that scene, Barbie!
Emerson breaks into Carmen’s house and leaves flowers and a note. Carmen uses the incident to lure him to her and acts interested. She asks him on a date for coffee or dinner, with police surveillance. He turns her down because he claims to have left the country in a private Jet.
Ayla, remember her? She comes home for a lame camping trip with her father and his girlfriend and expects to find her mother, but gets Emerson instead. Carmen isn’t home because she is out buying a golden retriever. (Not the most intimidating dog.) Alya is kidnapped and tied up by Emerson. He calls Carmen and sets up a meeting and asks her not to bring the cops.
Carmen remembers that she can find her daughter with a “Track my Phone” app on her laptop. She rushes to save her daughter. They meet on a boat, and the detectives pretend to be boar repair people? This is so stupid. Emerson thinks so too and knows they are cops. It doesn’t matter because the police pull their guns and take him into custody. Minimal action happens here. The whole thing is anti-climatic.
Later, Carmen and Ryan throw a birthday party for Ayla. It turns out to be a surprise proposal for Camen. Something about shoe sizes and a note on the bottom. Ayla doesn’t have her mother’s touch with proposals. Actually, I’m not sure Carmen does either.
Minority Report: Carmen, Ayla, Nick, Marissa, Zoe, Sexy AF Jeweler
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