Malicious Mind Games (2022 Lifetime)

Malicious Mind Games (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: April Hale, Tenille Ja’Nae, Raiany Silva, Ryan Youngwoong Kim and Laura Ault

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

A Lifetime Movie Club Exclusive Premiere! Starring April Hale. A widow struggling to raise a teenager and finish her degree takes on a nighttime shift as a security guard and thinks she’s witnessed her new friend being murdered. (2022).

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Isabel is a night security guard who walks around with a flashlight, shouting, “We’re Closed!” She finds her daughter tied to a chair, screaming for help. That all turns out to be a dream. Isabel had fallen asleep while on her first shift. She makes a new friend on the job. (Who is a gossip)

Cameron is Isabel’s boss, and she is giving her friend a break. The new job and a new school with be good for Isabel and Rosaline. Rosaline is an angsty teen and not happy about the move. She also has severe allergies and carries an EpiPen. (So that will come back for sure.)  

When Isabel picks up her daughter from detection, she is surprised to see her daughter canoodling with a cute boy. When Isabel asks him to introduce her to his mother, she is even more shocked that it is the gossip she met on her first day on the job. The woman’s name is Megan, and she doesn’t seem to remember Isabel.

The late hours start getting to Isabel, and she keeps imagining people getting murdered. Isabel thinks she sees Megan getting murdered in her apartment above the theater she is working for, but everything is fine when the police show up. 

Detectives tell Isabel to lay off the caffeine; she is delusional. 

Isabel opens the theater for the school play rehearsal, and a hunk teacher is there. He flirts with Isabel while Megan watches. Megan acts strange and doesn’t acknowledge having seen Isabel the night before. When Isabel brings it up, Megan changes the topic and asks Isabel about her late husband. 

The theater is robbed, and the intruder hits Isabel in the head. When she comes to, she is convinced that Megan is somehow involved. Then a theater light almost falls on Isabel and the hot teacher. 

Megan leads a “Theater Mom’s” meeting and shoots down a bake sale in favor of a black tie event. Megan is kind of mean and going through a nasty divorce with her husband who was sleeping with the secretary. 

Instead of getting sleep, Isabel meets the mom for drinks, and it just turns out to be Megan eating a shrimp cocktail. Isabel is disappointed because she can’t eat shellfish. (She and Rosaline are HIGHLY ALLERGIC!) Megan apologizes and then shares about her past. Megan was adopted.

Cameron is attacked in her office, and the security cameras are turned off during the break-in. The detective starts to think Cameron is behind the trouble at the theater because she is dealing with money trouble. 

While making rounds, Isabel sees Megan talking to a Private Eye. He calls her Selene Richards and tells her that her family has missed her for the month that she has been away. She tells him to fuck off, or she will call the cops. 

At another mom party, Isabel snoops around Megan’s house, looking for clues. The hot teacher catches her, so Isabel makes out with him to distract him. It doesn’t work, and she has to come clean eventually. Henry decides to help until Rosaline has an allergic reaction and is admitted to the hospital. Isabel is sure that Megan used the shellfish allergy to her advantage. 

Henry and Isabel break into Megan’s apartment. They find evidence of foul play and suspect that Megan has murdered her sister. Henry falls down the stairs and falls into a coma. 

Isabel tells her daughter about everything going on, and Rosaline is more concerned about her boyfriend, Johnathan, than murder. Rosaline tells her mother that she is running her life and needs some sleep. 

Rosaline goes missing, and Isabel gets a call from Megan telling her to come alone to the theater. Megan ties up the mother and daughter and tells them about murdering her twin sister. 

We see through flashback that Megan snapped at her sister and then proceeded to strangle her to death. The motive is basically the twin thought she was better than Megan. It is pretty flimsy. Johnathan walks in and stops his mother from killing everyone.

Three months later, Isabel is done with the night shifts and is now the theater manager. 

Side Note

This was a better Lifetime Movie Club original, but still a bit too convoluted.

Minority Report: Rosaline, Cameron, Kelly, Theresa, Sharon, 

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Enjoyment Level: 🍷 (1 glass of wine.)

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