Hall Pass Nightmare (2022 Lifetime)
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
After a brief tryst with “bad boy” musician Dante while on a work trip turned girls trip, Carrie suspects he might be stalking her, and learns that what happens on a girls trip…doesn’t always stay in the past. Andrea Bowen, and Matthew Guy Magnusson star (2022).
A woman enjoys some wine while putting together a charcuterie board when a masked stalker casually comes through the window. He grabs a knife and attacks the woman while she is on the phone with 911.
Cut to Carrie Palmer, who is celebrating her 10th wedding anniversary with her husband, Justin. Instead of spending time with her man, Carrie enjoys wine and gossiping with her friends Beth and Lexi. They talk about a woman in the neighborhood giving her husband a hall pass. (One other woman, one time.) Beth admits that her husband gave her a hall pass, and she used it.
Carrie is too square for all that, but she tells her friend Beth that it HAS been a few months since she has had sex with her husband. Then she takes a bubble bath and listens to music from a band called ICARUS.
The friends take a girl’s trip to women in a business conference or something. At the hotel, while enjoying some drinks, they see Dante Jones… the lead singer of Icarus. Could he be Carrie’s hall pass? Beth and Lexi think so; they push Carrie to consider it. Dante overhears the conversation and joins them. He is surprised the concept of Hall Passes is still a thing. The friends clear out quickly to leave Carrie alone with Dante Jones.
Carrie is extremely embarrassed and drinks soda water because she has an early morning. Dante doesn’t accept that and orders her a dirty martini, which causes Carrie to fangirl on him and tell Dante that he is easy to talk to. One martini turns to three, and Carrie is trashed. They quote lyrics at one another. Dante invies Carrie up to his room, but she declines. BECAUSE SHE IS MARRIED!!!
Dante chases after her and won’t take no for an answer. He is persistent and playing on her teenage crush. Dante throws Carrie up against a wall, and the two passionately make out in the hallway. Carrie stops him again when he breaks her anniversary bracelet. Dante gets angry and says terrible things about Carrie. Telling her to go back to her boring life and lame husband, who isn’t satisfying her. Carrie rushes away upset, and Dante returns and trashes his room like a proper musician.
Carrie comes home from the trip and takes a shower trying to scrub the memory of Dante Jones off her body. Then she has a sad takeout dinner with Justin, who is perfectly dull.
Beth throws a birthday party for Carrie and gives a nice speech. Justin tries to follow it up, but isn’t a man of many words. He gets Carrie tickets to see Dante in concert.
Dante’s concert seems pretty boring, but he looks really hot in leather pants. (And I’m not even into that look!) Carrie can’t enjoy herself and is uncomfortable the whole time. Dante finds Carrie in the VIP room and quotes more lyrics to her. Justin unknowingly interupts and is jazzed that Carrie got to meet him. He is also excited about lobster nachos, which is typical Justin!
Dante searches for Carrie online (Looks like a list of anyone named Carrie.) while shirtless and finds Carrie Palmer and shows up at her job with pathetic-looking flowers. He tells her he is staying in town and hopes she will show him around, but Carrie firmly shuts it down. Dante then has a tantrum in his car.
With Dante out of her (or so she thinks.) Carrie actually has a good time with Justin, and they talk about starting a family. Little does she know that Dante is stalking them.
Dante has some issues. He picks fights in bars and roams the streets ripping flyers off the walls. (Flyers, someone hung with care!)
Beth has a hard time believing that Dante is stalking Carrie. Then Carrie shows her some unwanted naughty pictures that Dante sent her. Beth isn’t getting it and thinks it is incredible that Carrie has a famous friend. (More like a stalker!)
Dante breaks into Carrie’s house while she is in the shower. He confronts her and demands to meet at a coffee shop. (She should have called the cops, TBH!) Justin comes home, and Carrie agrees quickly to get Dante out of her house. Carrie doesn’t meet Dante, and he texts her incessantly.
Dante starts missing events and signing conventions for Carrie. He calls Carrie and sends a picture of Lexi outside of her house. He threatens to hurt her if Carrie doesn’t show up. He lurks outside the house as Carrie franticly searches for him.
It is time to go to the cops; Carrie meets with a detective. Who asks a lot of accusatory questions and blames the victim. It seems that Dante filed a complaint against Carrie first. He has a restraining order against her.
Carrie looks into Dante’s dating past and learns of a woman named Brenda. She tracks her down, and Brenda is hesitant to talk. She tells Carrie to be careful and confirms that Dante is dangerous.
While Justin is leaving work, someone attacks him from the backseat of his car. He ends up in the hospital. The detective is back and starting to believe Carrie. Carrie comes clean to Justin about the Hall Pass that he never agreed to. It is terrible timing because the plain man is beaten up on a hospital bed.
At home alone, Carrie is on edge. She walks around with a golf club constantly. When a bird scares her half to death, she realizes she has had enough.
Carrie sets up a girls’ trip where Beth and Lexi pamper her. Carrie posts on her social media, and I’m unsure if it is to lure Dante to her. It works because Dante appears in his masks and seems to have been a trap.
The girls take Dante and beat him with a shovel. Lexi is knocked unconscious and can’t complete the plan. Then Justin shows up, apparently all better.
Dante lurks around the house, calling for the ladies. He finds Justin and punches him in the face. Beth and Carrie make a run for it, but Dante grabs Beth.
Carrie locks herself in a bathroom and struggles to call 911. (Bad cell service.) Dante shouts throughout the house that he knows they are meant to be together. He also says that he is famous and lonely.
Carrie tries to fight Dante off by a stairwell and kicks his ass down the stairs. Maybe he dead?
The police arrive, and everyone is safe. Carrie hugs Justin and thanks him for sticking by her.
Three months later, Justin and Carrie are heading on a tropical vacation.
Minority Report: Brenda, Beth, Detective.
Marla Sokoloff directed! She is one of my favorites.
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