Who Kidnapped My Mom? (2022 Lifetime)


Who Kidnapped My Mom? (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Lucie Guest, Kelsey Flower, Jordan Zavisha

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Inspired by true events. A year ago, widow and mother Eva mysteriously disappeared only to be discovered hours later in her own backyard. Police never fully believed Eva’s kidnapping claim, assuming she was simply an overworked single mom. Since the abduction and her husband’s death, Eva has been working hard to move on and accepts a new job in a different city; but this does not go over well with her daughters, Sami and Grace, and her mother-in-law, Nancy. After a tense family dinner, Sami checks on Eva and discovers she has disappeared again. Sami pleads with authorities to believe her mom is being targeted, but Nancy only offers up “evidence” that Eva left by choice. Desperate, Sami turns to her neighbor Dane knowing he is one of the few people who believes Eva was previously abducted. Will Sami prove her mother is missing and find her before it’s too late? Lucie Guest, Jordan Zavisha, Linda Grass, Kelsey Flower, Ceilidh MacDonald star. (2022)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

On a snowy December night, a single mother, Eva Jones, is kidnapped from her driveway while unloading groceries. Her teenage daughters, Sami and Grace, are inside and call 911. The daughters are left in the care of their mother-in-law, Nancy. She is still reeling from her son’s death due to a heart attack. Sami finds her mother wrapped in a blanket in the front yard suffering from a diabetic coma. 

One Year Later. Eva is rebuilding her life as a fashion designer and even is back in the dating pool. She seems to have chemistry with her recently divorced neighbor Dane, who was a friend of her deceased husband, Ryan. Eva gets a job offer in New York, and her family freaks out on her. Nancy implies that Eva faked her own kidnapping and is responsible for Ryan’s death. Eva kicks Nancy out of her house. (And good for her!)

Eva pops some pills from her well-stocked medicine cabinet and falls asleep, hugging a picture of her husband. Someone watches her from the window. Sami checks on her mother and apologizes through the bedroom door. When she gets no response, Sami opens the door and finds someone kidnapped her mother, AGAIN! 

A nonchalant detective shows up and asks some vague questions. Sami tries to create some urgency with the detective, but she only gets a business card and an eye roll. 

Nancy is happy to care for her granddaughters again but spends most of her time shading Eva and ignoring texts that say “NEED PAYMENT.” Nancy moves the girls into her house and won’t let them into her bedroom. Sami sneaks out of the house to get some “pencil crayons,” which must mean colored pencils in Canadian. Sami is approached by a stranger, who is scared off by Dean with a baseball bat.

Eva wakes up in a room with some severe wallpaper going on. Eva is chained to the bed and screams for help. A distorted voice tells her that she “is not ready to be let out.” Eva spends days in captivity and talks to the voice on the other side of the camera. She is given food and new clothing but still under lock and key. The voice tells Eva that she is in her new home. The masked figure almost reveals themselves while dropping off a coffee, and they get stuck on the door frame.

Sami looks through her mother’s things and finds her mother’s insulin and toothbrush are gone. Sami and her boyfriend, Gabe, hack into her computer and find a dating profile for a guy named Clint Barker, who appears to be stalking Eva. They confront him but are apprehended by the detective for intruding. The detective tells Sami that Clint Barker might be a creep, but he isn’t the kidnapper. 

Nancy grounds Sami and tells her to stop pretending to be a detective. That doesn’t stop her from looking through Nancy’s phone and room. They find a chest of Ryan’s old things. They also find old files of Ryan’s death and Private Detective photos taken of her mother.   

Nancy holds a press conference urging Eva to come home. Then she meets some nerd in the park and pays him off for another month. Sami witnesses the whole thing and confronts Nancy when she arrives home. Nancy levels with Sami. She shares that she is trying to solve her son’s murder. (Someone poisoned Ryan.) She shows Sami photos of her mother in a “hotel room” and explains that the man she paid off was a private detective hired to keep tabs on Eva. Later, Nancy learns that the photos weren’t from her private eye. They are from the masked figure.  

The masked figure sits with Eva at the table and tells her that he is her husband, Ryan. Eva isn’t buying it and hits him, making her escape after losing her chains. She doesn’t get far and wakes up chained, this time more elaborately. The masked figure tells Eva that they can give Eva more than Ryan ever could. After Eva cries about not seeing her kids, the masked figure promises to get them.

An intruder breaks into Nancy’s home, looking for Sami and Grace. The intruder violently attacks Nancy when he can’t find the kids. 

Sami and Gabe review the photos of her mother and decide that it doesn’t look like a hotel. Sami goes next door to show Dane, and he also has a set of photos. Dane tells Sami to come inside and call the detective with him, but Sami notices scratch marks on his arm. She calmly tries to get away, saying something about pickup Grace but knows Dane is behind her mother’s kidnapping.

Meanwhile, Eva crushes up her insulin and hides from the cameras. She goes into a diabetic coma to get her captor to save her. Sami and Gabe watch Dane running to save Eva from the shed and know where she is. Sami sneaks down to help her mom, while Gabe stalls Dane. 

Dane takes out Gabe easily. Eva was faking, and the mother and daughter make their escape. Dane chases them around, calling 

Sammmmmmiiiiiii!” Sami screams at Dane and beats him with a shovel. He tries to tell her that he wants to be the father she deserves/ Sami isn’t having that, and pepper sprays him. Eva grabs the shovel and knocks Dane out. 

One month later, it is still snowy, but everyone is happy! Gabe wrote a song about Sami, but he doesn’t sing it. (Thankfully!) The house is for sale, and Nancy is ALIVE! They all enjoy a lasagna dinner together. Everyone is proud of Ava for landing that New York job, that is partly remote! Good for her!

Side Note

Minority Report: None

I don’t know how you repair that relationship between Nancy and Sami. Seems like the kids will hate their grandmother forever.

Dane being behind everything was predictable. I would have liked the Nancy/Not Dead Ryan team up to have been real rather than a misdirect.


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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.

 I will use the following tags for those who want to know whether to watch or skip: Pour it Up (Would Recommend) or Put A Cork In It (Would Not Recommend). 

Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

🔪🔪 (2 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷 (2 glasses of wine.)

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