Big Lies in a Small Town (2022 Lifetime)


Big Lies in a Small Town (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Rhonda Dent, Kristina Paras, Matt Hamilton

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

A young mother, Rachel, frantically searches for her teen daughter, Hannah after their car crashed outside of a small town in the middle of nowhere and her daughter goes missing. People die mysteriously in Rachel’s wake as she gets closer to finding out that the small-town doctor kidnapped her daughter. He and his wife never got over the tragic loss of their teen daughter and it turns out that Hannah is the perfect surrogate to take her place. Rachel desperately needs to find and rescue her daughter before she is forced to play this role for the rest of her life! Stars Rhonda Dent, and Kristina Paras (2022).

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie begins with a young “alternative” couple stopping at a gas station in a small town. The girl goes to the bathroom out back and doesn’t come back alive. She ends up in the trunk of a car.

One week later, Rachel and her daughter Hannah are on their way to drop Hannah off for college, and they stop at the same gas station. Hannah has to go potty, but she somehow makes it out alive. The ladies continue on their road trip. 

The trip doesn’t last long because they get a flat tire and don’t have a cell signal. Instead of freaking out, Rachel uses the moment to teach her daughter how to change a tire. (Yas! Female empowerment.) 

An erratic driver in a black car chases down the mother/daughter back on the road. They are run off the road TWICE and finally end up in an accident. 

Rachel wakes up in the hospital and is surprised to learn that she has been unconscious for two days. Also, the doctors tell her that her daughter Hannah wasn’t found at the scene. Rachel jumps out of bed screaming for her daughter and checks herself out immediately.

At the police station, Sheriff Lester is not helpful and blames Rachel’s hysterics on her head injury. He suggests she doesn’t remember things clearly. Sheriff Lester is insistent about Rachel leaving town and not sticking around while they “investigate.” 

This mother isn’t going ANYWHERE without her daughter. She tries to pick up her car from the shop, but it isn’t ready. Everyone seems to know about Rachel and Hannah’s accident. They are also unhelpful and mean to out-of-towners.  

Luckily there is one hunk in town named Mark who seems to like Rachel. He owns the town motel and gives her a room for the night after she announces her missing daughter at the local diner. He also loans her a car. Then he brings over a pizza to her room AND makes a missing person poster for Hannah. Mike is going above and beyond. 

Kerry, the town waitress, is jealous of the attention Mike gives to Rachel. Kerry has wanted to date Mike for a while, but he isn’t getting the hint.

Mike opens up to Rachel about missing his daughter, who is 18 and lives with her mother. He hasn’t seen her in two years. Rachel tells him to take one step at a time and is thankful for the missing person posters. 

Nurse Ross finds the bracelet that belongs to Hannah in the parking lot. It reads, “Always in your heart. With Love, Mom,” Nurse Ross reports it to the administration, but he can’t find Rachel’s information on file. Poor Nurse Ross is murdered while feeding her cat. The killer stages it as a home invasion gone wrong. 

Rachel starts to be followed by one of the gas station attendants. A not is on her windshield telling her to go home. Then she finds Nurse Ross’s body and calls 911, allowing Sheriff Lester to harass Rachel and bully her into leaving town. 

Police are swarming the scene looking for clues. Rachel finds her clues, a business card for the mechanic shop. To get back into Nurse Ross’s house, she pretends to be a friend coming over to feed the cat. (Which is pretty lame, but works!) 

Then, Rachel sneaks around the auto shop and finds the black car that caused her accident. She reports it to the Sheriff, but when they go back, the car is gone. When Rachel interrogates the shop owner about the business card in Nurse Ross’s purse, the Sheriff arrests her for tampering with an investigation. 

Kerry warns Rachel about Mark. Mark interrupts and tells Rachel that Kerry is obsessed with him and jealous. 

In the middle of the night, Rachel gets a facetime call from Hannah, and she screams for help. Mark hears Rachel screaming in her room and calls Sheriff Lester, who finally believes Rachel’s daughter is missing AND kidnapped!

Hannah’s GPS signal goes off on Rachel’s phone, leading Rachel to the woods. There is a dummy dressed up like Hannah, and Rachel repeatedly screams her daughter’s name while crying. (She is going through it!) 

Someone tampers with Jake, the mechanic’s car, and he dies in a car accident. Hannah’s bracelet is found in his trunk. Then a jogger finds a body in the river, and it is thought to be Hannah, but Rachel tells them they are wrong. 

Sheriff Lester calls Rachel and warns her that someone placed an anonymous tip. Mark is a suspect. Rachel rushes out of the motel and is attacked by Gus, the shop owner.

Rachel wakes up in Dr. Wilson’s home, the doctor who treated Rachel in the hospital. He and his wife have been holding Hannah hostage as a replacement daughter for the one they lost in a car accident. Rachel begs them to have the chance to say goodbye. 

Hannah is so thankful to see her mother, but when Rachel tells her daughter to stay with her new family, she is confused. Rachel stabs the doctor with a pen and gives Hannah a chance to escape. 

Hannah runs off but is chased down by Gus. Mark shows up and takes Gus out. Instead of running away, Hannah goes back to rescue her mother.

Rachel and Hannah struggle over a knife with the doctor and his wife. It is a suspenseful scene and well choreographed from a fight choreo standpoint. 

Six months later, Rachel and Hannah are driving to college, making it this time! Mark calls from Florida; he is working on his relationship with his daughter. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Gas Station Guy, Nurse Ross, Machanic Jake, 

This movie is one of Danny J. Boyle‘s better movies. 


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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: 

🔪🔪🔪 (3 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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