A Deadly Grudge (2022 Lifetime)

A Deadly Grudge (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Annika Foster, Aubrey Reynolds, Jonathan Stoddard, Patrick M.J. Finerty

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Family dynamics take a messy turn in this high energy thriller when a woman learns she has a half-sister at her mother’s funeral. As her perfect life begins to unravel, she suspects her new sister is to blame for her mother’s death but must find proof to convince her father and her fianc before they fall prey to her new sister’s deadly game. Annika Foster, Aubrey Reynolds, Jonathan Stoddard, Patrick M.J. Finerty star. (2021)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Lindsey lives with her sassy gay father, Jim. He is a chef and runs a restaurant with his “wife” Annie and Lindsey’s fiance, Gavin. Lindsey’s mom goes out for a run, and a car runs her over.

The movie takes a melodramatic turn, and a detective questions Lindsey, her father, and Gavin, laying out that Gavin is a suspect. 

1) Annie was killed on her routine jog route.

2 )Gavin’s car was stolen the night before.

Lindsay sees a woman standing by a tree watching from afar at the funeral. The woman then shows up at the family home after the service for the wake. She sees the woman and her father platonically hugging and thinks he is having an affair. Jim explains that the woman is Lindsay’s sister, Sarah. He then invites Sarah to stay in his guest room. (Sarah is in between jobs and needs a place to stay.)

We get a lot of exposition. Jim had been married to another woman and wasn’t actually married to Annie. It is all convoluted, and Lindsay doesn’t take it well. She is angry, and Gavin sides with Sarah, telling his fiance to give her a chance. 

Sarah makes breakfast for her new half-sister and almost kills her because Lindsay is allergic to cinnamon. 

Jim and Sarah invite themselves to Lindsay’s wedding cake tasting. Sarah gives Lindsay her favorite carrot cake, and the cinnamon almost kills Lindsay. (Why they even made a carrot cake or have cinnamon in the restaurant is a mystery!) The sisters then talk about losing their mothers.

There is some sexual tension between Sarah and Gavin; she subtly makes a pass at him. That isn’t the only tension; Jim doesn’t want to cut Gavin into the family business and considers Sarah instead. He runs the idea by Lindsay, and she agrees that he should at least be kind and offer Sarah to be a part of the family.

The menacing car returned, first almost running Sarah over, and then someone rear-ends Lindsay on her way to work. 

Sarah starts working at the restaurant and seems to be doing a good job; and is even invited to help Lindsay’s wedding dress fitting. Instead of helping, Sarah literally tries on Lindsay’s wedding dress. Lindsay tells Sarah that it is a weird thing. (Which it is!)

Lindsay starts to become suspicious of and follows Sarah around for a day. Sarah gest her hair done to look like Lindsay in a bad wig. Then Sarah goes to the farms market and shamelessly flirts with Gavin. Lindsay gets sick and leaves work early, leaving Sarah to seduce Gavin. (Who wears a chef coat with no undershirt.) OH, WAIT, that last part is Lindsay’s fever dream. The dreams come true when Lindsay walks in on Sarah and Gavin looking intimate. 

Upset and gaslit, Lindsay takes off her engagement ring and shut Gavin out. She does some online research on “Giggio” and puts together a theory that since Gavin was passed over for an owner’s stake, he is using Sarah to get ownership in the restaurant. 

Sarah keeps playing innocent and gifts her dad a picture of her in high school. Behind Lindsay’s back, she pulls bitchy faces.

While leaving the restaurant, someone attacks Lindsay. Gavin rescues her, and she begs him just to take her home. He patches her up, and Lindsay tells him that she thinks Sarah poisoned her and has been responsible for all the strange things happening. Gavin offers to help Lindsay find out more about Sarah.

Lindsay goes on her own to Sarah’s house listed on her ID. Lindsay ignores Gavin’s calls. Gavin calls Jim, and they follow her to Sarah’s house.

Lindsay finds Gavin’s car with blood on the front bumper at the house. Sarah somehow beats everyone there and admits to doing all the bad things. (Which we see replayed, just in case we forgot.) Sarah is jealous and thinks Lindsay has the life she should of had.

The women run around the house, Sarah armed with a bat. Lindsay escapes out of a window. Gavin and Jim show up and stop Sarah from beating Lindsay with a bat.

Jim apologizes to Linday for doubting her.

One month later, the wedding happens, and Gavin never will get part ownership. OH WELL!

Side Note

Minority Report: Detective Gomez, 


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*** I’ve updated the rating system moving forward. Knives represent # of kills. Wine is over enjoyment (NOT a value judgment) on a 1-5 scale.

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

N/A (0 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷 (1 glass of wine.)

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