Killer Daddy Issues (2020 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
A recently married horse breeder discovers her family’s ranch harbors an unfathomable secret.
Carrie loves to ride horses. Well, that is until she gets shot off of one at the beginning of this movie. Cue title card and flash to four weeks earlier.
Men are tossing haystacks, and Carrie is not shot! She is trying to get pregnant with her hunky mumbling husband, Luke. A new man speeds onto the ranch in a fancy sports car, his name is Reed, and he is recently married to Carrie’s significantly older mother, Grace.
Carrie is shocked that her mother married a man the same age as her. She thinks her father would be rolling over in his grave if he knew. Carrie and her father breed and train horses, since his death, Carrie has taken over, and Grace still owns half… and so does Reed. Carrie tells her Latinx horse trainer named Sofia and housekeeper, Maria, that she thinks Reed is a little off. Reed overhears the conversation and doesn’t feel welcome. Later, Reed watches Carrie and Luke have sex, and Maria catches him while holding a laundry basket…
The next morning Carrie tells her mom that she thinks Reed is just a boy toy. Grace angrily storms off and goes for a horse ride with Reed. On the trip, Grace falls off her horse when the strap on the saddle comes loose. Grace is rushed to the hospital and is in a coma.
Convinced that Reed tampered with the saddle, Carrie goes to the lawyers to check the will and make sure Maria, Sofie, and herself are entitled to the money her father left them. Carrie also tells the lawyer that Maria and Sofie aren’t just employees; they are family. Speaking of Maria and Sofie, Carrie runs a DNA test on them to help Sofie find out who her birth father is. (Typical white savior trope, butting into POC’s lives for no reason.)
The DNA test causes a rift between Sofia and Maria. They have multiple dramatic and cliche arguments. It doesn’t matter because the breaks go out in Carrie’s car that Maria is driving and she dies before we find out who the father was.
Sofia and Reed start to hang out together. Carrie is concerned, and Luke tells her they will keep an eye on things. Carrie social media stalks Reed, specifically on Tumblr. (Which is weird.) Carrie learns from the lawyer that Reed is financially independent. Then she plays tennis with her white friend at the country club. (WTF is this movie?!?!) Reed brings Carrie his prenup and tries to prove to her that he is not the enemy. Carrie has a meltdown and opens up to Reed. To clear her mind, she goes for a run. When she leaves, he strips down for no reason and has a fantastic body.
On her run, someone in a black hoodie shoots at Carrie. Carrie calls Luke to come to help her, and he shows up with a gun mumbling incoherently.
Grace wakes up from her coma, and Reed seems to be genuinely relieved and adoring. Carrie apologizes for the way she treated Reed and talked to her mother. Sofia crashes the party and angrily yells at them for not caring that her mother died. She accuses them of just viewing Maria as their maid. Grace says that they were really friends! (Except for the fact that Grace paid Maria to be her friend and was her EMPLOYER.)
Back to Carrie, getting shot on a horse. Carrie calmly dismounts her horse and calls for help on her cellphone. (Very anticlimactic.)
Grace and Carrie meet with the lawyer and learn about revisions to the will. Grace gets cut out of the will because she remarried. I think Carrie does too? Reed takes the news well, and Grace is relieved that he loves her and not her money.
With no money to speak of, Luke installs security cameras. It turns out that Sofia was the person in the hoodie. She pretends to get into some road trouble and calls Luke for assistance. Sofia tells him to bring Reed and a shovel.
Carrie goes to Sofia’s house and learns that Sofia is her sister. Sofia sneaks up behind her and shoots a shotgun at her and misses multiple times. Sofia attempted to kill Grace, accidentally killed her mother, and tried to kill Carrie twice. Sofia almost chokes Carrie to death but stops when Grace shows up with a gun.
The police take Sofia away, and the nice, concerned white people watch on sadly. Oh well!
Minority Report: Sofia, Maria, Sheriff Jackson.
Portraying Latinx actors as “the help” needs to stop. Add on top of that they are evil!? If this were written or directed by a POC, I’d say that is was intentionally campy, but it wasn’t. This production would have benefited from an inclusion rider.
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🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 (5 glasses of wine required.)