Deadly Lessons or A Stolen Life (2018 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Under the guise as a math tutor, Tamara finds a way to reconnect with her abducted daughter, but her father will do anything, even kill, to keep the truth hidden.
A woman walks through the park in the middle of the day, pushing her baby in a stroller. She stops by a lake to take a phone call. A person in a hoodie walks up and steals her baby right out from under her. Then this pops up on the screen.
“In America, a child goes missing or is abducted every 40 seconds.” (Good to know?)
Thirteen years later, a teacher is doing an introduction in her glass room and acts like she has seen a ghost. Mrs. Brent recognizes Aubrey as the kidnapped baby. She calls the mother, Tamara.
Richard and his wife Beth, raise Aubrey. Aubrey thinks her father is always a jerk to her. She is very high strung about math, so I kind of get it. Aubrey laments to her boyfriend Travis about how much she hates her father. They even joke about killing him. SO FUNNY!
Aubrey fails her math test, and Mrs. Brent suggests a tutor, Tamara. Tamara comes to the house and sees the parents who potentially stole her baby. She wins Aubrey over with her patience and calm demeanor. Beth is impressed with their instant connection. Tamara schools Richard for being rude to his daughter regularly. (Again, I get it Aubrey is the WORST.)
Aubrey gets into a fight with Travis when he gets too handsy. She walks home and is picked up by Tamara, who takes her to the party she was supposed to go to with Travis. Tamara gives Audrey advice like, “don’t do drugs.” Aubrey is like, “What are you, my parent.” If she only knew.
Tamara and Aubrey spend some bonding time at a carnival and then the beach. Aubrey blows off her other friends to spend more time with Tamara. They think it is weird she is hanging out with her math tutor, so do Aubrey’s parents. Tamara even takes Aubrey to school on the day of her big test and tells her that she loves her.
The test scores come in, and Aubrey gets 100%. Tamara takes her out for Falafel. Aubrey notices that Tamara is a bit possessive.
Richard’s secretary/assistant April (Played by Lifetime MVP, Caia Coley.) looks into Tamara’s past and finds out that she is the woman with the kidnapped child and has a criminal record. Richard talks to Tamara and tells her that he doesn’t like the relationship she is forming with his daughter. He and his wife are the adult influences in Aubrey’s life. He fires her on the spot. Beth and Aubrey are confused and angry with him.
Aubrey runs away and gets a ride from Tamara. They go to Tamara’s mother’s mansion, and she is thrilled to meet her granddaughter. The grandmother questions Aubrey about her past and her parents. No one thinks this is strange. Richard follows them and wants to get his daughter back.
Tamera and her mother finally come clean about their real intentions. They show her a birth certificate and photos of a baby as they recap the kidnapping to Aubrey. When they pull out a picture of Tamera at Aubrey’s age, She still doesn’t get it, so out comes the DNA test. 99.9% that they are mother and daughter. Since Aubrey is slow on the uptake, she finally realizes that Richard is her abductor.
Richard shows up and bangs on the door while screaming, “Give me my damn daughter!” Then he shoots the lock off and kicks in the door. It is not reassuring to Aubrey, who hides from her father. Richard tells Audrey that they are lying. He says never abducted her and is dragged off by police. Ummm, wait, what? Why did this movie make Tamara seem evil, and then I’m supposed to be rooting for them?
Aubrey, Tamara, and Beth watch the sunset from the spot she was stolen. Then end!
Minority Report: Mrs. Brent, Calvin,
🔪🔪 (2 Knives)
🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 (5 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2018 Lifetime
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