Lies Between Friends (2022 Lifetime)


Lies Between Friends (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Zibby Allen, Peter Benson, Matreya Scarrwener

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

A wealthy family’s life is upended when the 18-year-old daughter of a family friend comes to live with them for a few months. Matreya Scarrwener and Zibby Allen star. (2022).

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie starts at a teen basement party that feels like a “Just Say No” ad. The teens pop some pills and become increasingly fucked up. Anna passes out and dies from an overdose. Steve takes the heat from the police to cover for his friend Oliver, whose dad is running for Senator. 

Years later, Steve is out of jail, a widower/alcoholic, and raising his college-age daughter. They are struggling with money because he is unemployed due to his past. In contrast, Oliver (or Ollie) is thriving and a famous politician in Seattle, which happens to be where Emily is going to school. Steve decides to call in a favor from his old friend Ollie. 

Ollie dodges his calls, much to the annoyance of his beautiful event-planning wife. Claire is starting a business and having trouble getting it started. The married couple is raising their two kids, and Ollie has conveniently forgotten what Steve did for him. 

Steve shows up at Ollie’s job and begs him to take Emily in while she goes to school. Ollie is reluctant, even though he has a big guest house. Steve tells Ollie that he owes him, and THAT prompts Ollie to talk to Claire. They set up a meeting with Emily. 

Emily impresses them in the meeting; she even brings gifts for the kids. Claire and Ollie invite her to stay in the guest house, and Emily promptly moves in. Emily helps take the kids to school and tries to give Claire a break. Claire is impressed and views Emily as a confidant. Emily tells Claire about the Anna incident, and Claire is surprised her husband never told her about it. 

Things aren’t what they seem with Emily; she randomly steals scarves, snoops around the main house while no one is home, and wears the same jean jacket the entire movie. 

Claire catches Emily in her closet looking through Jewelry and starts to get a bad feeling. She takes her kids to school and gives Emily the cold shoulder until Emily gets Claire and Ollie dinner reservations at an exclusive new restaurant. All is forgiven! 

On the night of their kid’s recital, Emily slips something into the champagne, making Ollie too sick to attend. Emily takes the kids instead. Ollie thinks Claire was right about Emily and thinks she is out to get revenge on him for what he did to her father. They decide to kick her out of the house. 

Emily discovers that her dad covered for Ollie all those years ago and confronts him. She gets irate, and they get into an altercation that results in him hitting his head and bleeding out on the kitchen floor. (Yeeeeessh!) The whole thing is unknowingly recorded on a nanny cam. 

When the police tell Emily about her father’s murder, she cries and asks Claire and Ollie to adopt her. The couple are put in an awkward situation because they can’t kick her out now; she is an orphan!!! 

Emily realizes that her time in the home is limited and pawns Claire’s Jelwery for cash and hacks into Ollie’s computer. She transfers money from the company account to Ollie’s account to make him look guilty of embezzlement. 

Ollie gets in trouble at work and knows that it is Emily. He tries to show Claire his computer, and an email from Pam pops up. Emily has orchestrated an apparent affair with the stolen scarf and crafted messages. Claire kicks Ollie out of the house. Emily confirms that Ollie and Pam are together, and they had threatened her if she told Claire. 

Claire calls Emily’s school to pay the tuition and learns she doesn’t attend school there. Then she breaks into Emily’s home and finds the video of the murder on a computer. As she is watching, Emily sneaks up behind her with some chloroform. 

While eating a carrot, Emily does her best Bugs Bunny before going into her revenge monologue. Emily talks about her hard childhood with no money, while Ollie gave Claire and her family everything they ever wanted. Emily force-feeds Claire poison wine. (She could at least have gotten a full-bodied red!) 

Ollie rushes to save his wife and bands on the door. Claire unties herself and smashes Emily in the face with a baseball bat. The husband and wife embrace as the police arrive.

Ollie and Claire make a recovery center for alcoholics named after Steve. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Pam, Aaron, 

The metallic subway tile in the kitchen, Ewwww. Hate it. 

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

🔪 (1 Knife)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 (4 glasses of wine.)

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1 Comment

  1. I didn’t feel bad for the main couple. They wanted to kick her out after her father died. I know she was the villain but they didn’t know she accidentally killed her own father. I don’t like the bad guys getting away but in this particular movie I wouldn’t have mined.

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