The Plot to Kill My Mother (2023 Lifetime)
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
A young woman who unknowingly grew up in federal witness protection reels after her mother’s murder, leading her to question everything that she thinks is true. She decides to leave the program and find the killer before he kills again, but reclaiming a life she never knew isn’t going to be easy. Stars Romy Weltman, and Milton Barnes (2023)
The movie begins with a woman taking a pregnancy test and being upset with the results. She lays next to Lorenzo, and the Feds burst into the room. They are both taken away in handcuffs.
The woman has her baby girl and goes into protective custody as Teresa Madison. She raises Elana alone for 21 years.
Now a college student, Elena has no idea of her mother’s secret past and thinks her mom is boring. (If not jumpy!) When Teresa suddenly has to leave town to visit a grandmother Elena thought was long dead, Elena starts to realize her mother has been keeping secrets.
Detective Carter tries to dissuade Teresa from leaving and tells her that it will blow her cover. She asks him to watch over her daughter and then is promptly strangled by someone in the backseat of her car. (Serious question, reader. Do you check the backseat of your car? I always do.)
Elena becomes concerned when her mother stops picking up her cell phone. Detective Carter confirms that Elena’s mother is dead and was in the witness protection program. Elena is grief-stricken and can’t even deal with the detective. Elena has a Mariah Carey BREAKDOWN! (But her outfit is cute!)
Regarding clothing, Elena looks through her mom’s belongings and finds a box marked Russo decorated with pumpkins. Inside are news clippings about Teresa Ruso involving a car accident. There are also pictures of Teresa and her BFF Jackie. Then someone frantically tries to break in the front door. (Hello, captain obvious!) All this is enough to call the detective. (The best is she uses his business card to look up the number. Like, call 911!)
They meet in the park while Detective Carter randomly eats french fries. He shares Elena’s mother’s witness protection file and information about her criminal father, Lorenzo Bruno. (Teresa testified against him to gain immunity.) Lorenzo and a King Pin named Frank are likely suspects in the murder.
Another break-in, this time with vandalism, causes Elena NOT to enter the witness protection program and go to the town where her mother was murdered.
Elena stays with her mother’s old friend Jackie. (Who is like always wearing silk body wraps.) Jackie seems jealous and knows nothing about Teresa’s life since leaving town. (Yet, she let her daughter stay with her like it was nothing. Suspicious!)
Jackie and Elena visit Sofia, Elena’s grandmother, in the hospital. Elena chickens out, so they use a hidden key to get into the house. They are scared off by a cat and a security camera.
Elena realizes that the camera security footage could have evidence to help solve her mother’s murder. She breaks into the home and sees Teresa and Lorenzo in an altercation on the porch. The alarm goes off, and Elena is arrested. Detective Carter bails her out and yells at her, but I can’t tell if it is fatherly scolding or heated foreplay. (Like, are they going to date at the end of this?) Then he moves in with Jackie, too, for “safety.”
Elena applies for a job at Lorenzo’s company and lands an interview. Instead of interviewing, Elena pretends to be a mailman and again, chickens out before meeting her father. (She just can’t meet any of her family members.)
Threatening notes keeps scaring Elena. One is a brick thrown through Jackie’s window, and the other includes a lock of Teresa’s hair. Detective Carter checks himself and Elena into a motel to lay low.
For some reason, Elena continues to work at her father’s company and runs into him awkwardly. A co-worker named Allie is working on a side project with Lorenzo and has a scarf that looks very similar to the one Teresa was wearing when she left town.
Elena breaks down in a meeting and accuses Lorenzo of killing her mother. (Ummm, it is SO unprofesional!) When Elena runs out of the meeting, Porchia, the assistant, yells at her for running in the office. (Haha, she is me.) To make matters worse, someone chases Elena while wearing a black hoodie. It turns out to be Allie, and she has a gun. Detective Carter shoots her and saves Elena, but Allie gets away.
Elena decides to wear a wire and stage a meeting at Jackie’s for dinner. Jackie pushes wine on Elena when Lorenzo is late to calm her nerves. Elena gets Jackie talking and realizes that Jackie knows Lorenzo too well. She also starts to feel woozy.
Jackie wasn’t friends with Teresa; they were fighting over the same man. Allie is Jackie’s daughter, and they are working on getting revenge together. Jackie rips off the wire and starts to yell at Elena in a monologue.
The women start beating the crap out of one another while yelling. (Vases and fire pokers both make an appearance here.) Elena manages to get away and run outside. Only to have Jackie jump on the car and bang on the windshield like a psycho.
Detective Carter shows up and asks if everything is okay. Jackie is dead, and Allie cries over her mother’s body before she is arrested.
Elena and Detective Carter don’t hookup, but she finally has a family reunion with Lorenzo and Sofia (who looks like she is at death’s door.) in the hospital. He apologizes for everything that happened.
Minority Report: Carter, Prochia,
Were Detective Carter and Elena supposed to have romantic chemistry? This threw me off.
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