The Art of Passion (2022 Lifetime)

The Art of Passion (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Katie Reese, Victor Alfieri, Brandi Huzzie

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Hope Williams, a successful ER doctor, reluctantly meets an accomplished artist on a girls night out. He is everything her past lovers were not, and he forces her to discover a side of her that she never knew existed. As Hope’s sexual life steams up, her work takes a turn for the worse when an abusive husband of a battered patient blames her for his misgivings. Soon, Hope’s personal life becomes entangled with her work life, and both are put at risk. Stars Katie Reese, and Victor Alfieri (2022).

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie begins at an art gallery, which is fitting given the title. Hope and Nina look at the photos while drinking wine. Hope is a doctor who works and then goes home to her cats. 

James Sosa is the artist, and he chats up the ladies. They don’t realize that he is an artist and give him their honest feedback, which isn’t so flattering. 

Hope works at the hospital and helps battered women get help for themselves. She pisses off one woman’s husband, and he promises to teach her a lesson. (Yikes!)

On her jog home (She jogs to and from work to “stay in shape.” I Wish I had her stamina!) Hope gets the feeling that she is being followed. She drops her phone and runs into the artist guy!

James Sosa invites her into his house for an impromptu painting lesson. It is VERY random and possibly sexual. 

The next day, Hope backtracks her steps and finds a shirtless James Sosa shirtless. He is hot in that a friend of your dad’s way. The two are totally mismatched despite what the movie is getting at. 

Hope uses a track my iPhone app to find her phone. The abusive husband has it. Hope calls James Sosa’s cousin, who is a detective. When the detective asks Hope if she lives alone, Hope says, “I have a roommate… my cat.” (UGH! She is going full cat lady, isn’t she.) 

James Sosa picks up Hope from work and invites her to a fancy event. They dance while Hope caresses his butt. The abuser shows up and confronts Hope in an elevator. He threatens her but manages to get away.

Hope has terrible nightmares about the abuser attacking her in her sleep. It is SCARY! She wakes up and finds James Sosa in the shower. (I have to ask this, Lifetime. Why we gotta blur out the butt here? It’ 2022, I think the viewers are ready for some male objectification by way of booty shots.) Hope joins him in the shower. James Sosa goes down on her in the shower, and it is the most unsexy sex scene I’ve seen in a while. 

The abuser continues to find Dr. Hope and scream at her. He also messages her co-worker’s inappropriate things and tries to ruin her life. She is really caught in the middle of something that she doesn’t need to be.

Hope tries to move on and spends most of her free time with James Sosa. They draw portraits of one another practically naked. They actually don’t do much drawing and just have sexy time. 

In the park, Hope gets hit with a baseball bat by the abuser. She is admitted to her own hospital and quickly back out on the streets looking for her cellphone; she breaks into the abuser’s apartment and finds her mail and him with her cellphone!!! She grabs it and makes a run for it. 

James Sosa is so proud of Hope for standing up for herself that he takes her out on a riverboat ride with alligators. (It looks pretty cool, actually.) They go to a wildlife sanctuary and make pottery like in “Ghost.” (Without the chemistry of the original stars.) 

The abuser is back with his bat, this time, Hope defends herself with some pepper spray. James Sosa and the abuser tussle but the abuser gets away and chases Hope around. 

Hope ends up defending herself with a cast iron skillet. She takes him out, and Jame Sosa randomly shows up with a crossbow?????????

Now, Hope and James Sosa can make art together or have sex by art supplies until the end of time. The End!

Side Note

The movie felt like softcore porn, but without sexiness. It was feeling a little creepy.

Minority Report: James, Nina, 

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Number of Kills: 

🔪 (2 Knife)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷 (1 glass of wine.)

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1 Comment

  1. Imagine Lifetime meets 50 Shades of Grey… but with horrible acting and a totally predictable yet unrealistic storyline… Seriously don’t waste your time watching this movie-

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