Murder at the Country Club (2023 Lifetime)
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Director: Dave Thomas
Writer: Michael M. Scott
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
The corrupt activities at a prestigious country club are uncovered by an assistant manager, and now her life is in danger. Starring Alex Mitchell and Adam Harper (2023).
The movie starts with a drunk couple hooking up on a country club golf course in the middle of the night. The woman is a call girl ready to have fun with her date, Frank. He is more focused on gold and knocks the hooker over when he brushes off her advances. The woman hits her head on a gold course and dies. Frank has a bit of a problem!
Cut to Cassie in bed with her barrel-chested man, Jamie. It is her first day on the job at the country club, and she is excited about the role, but it is hard to leave the hunk behind! (Amirite!?)
Frank’s golf game is suffering, but that doesn’t stop him from spending all his time at the country club. He even has a caddie named Owen.
Cassie is shown around the country club by a woman, ADR Ava (who only speaks with ADR.) Cassie says she works well under pressure and doesn’t mention her dad asked Frank to pull some strings with the board to get her the assistant manager job. The woman who worked in the role before Cassie, Lisa Harkin, just stopped showing up for work. The bank account is also empty. (So that is weird!)
Jamie asks his wife how her first day went and then tells her all about why Country clubs suck while seducing her. (Honestly, he could be reading the phonebook, and I wouldn’t notice. That man is fine!)
The next day at work, Cassie hears ADR Ava and Frank having sex in her office. She also finds discrepancies in the budget. ADR Ava laughs both things off.
Next, we end up at a frat house, or maybe it is a house to all the caddy guys? Owen is applying for scholarships, and his friend Milo thinks the country club scholarship is sketchy. Owen believes in the best in people. Milo wants to unionize and go on strike for better pay for the Caddies.
Lisa Harkin’s sister, Tracy, makes a scene at the country club, insisting that her sister was murdered. Cassie tries to talk to her father about what the sister said, and he admits that the club has changed, but MURDER?!
Milo finds Cassie and asks her to access records from the scholarship fund. He needs proof that Ava and Frank are embezzling money and stealing from payroll. They make a plan to meet and go over what she finds.
While drinking some beers with his caddie friends, a drunk Milo starts telling everyone that they are working for corrupt scum bags. If Milo keeps running his mouth, he will be next!!!! (Because a college informant named Jeb tells Frank about him.) Someone hits Milo with a car on his walk home! RIP!
Remember how Frank killed that hooker in the beginning? Well, he is in debt to the madam, Vanessa, and his plan to pay her back is a sex tent at the country club. Frank is an idiot. Vanessa tries to extort him for more money and threatens him.
Cassie is not sleeping, and she shows up to work like this. ADR Ava tells Cassis to watch Milo, who didn’t die; he is unconscious in the hospital. Cassie overhears Jeb talking in the hospital to Frank about the intentional hit on Milo.
Unfortunately, Jamie wears a shirt for the rest of the movie because he is a reporter. He works with Lisa’s sister, Tracey, to try and break open the case by taking the story public. Tracy storms off and heads out of town for safety, but the breaks go out, and she ends up in a wreck on the side of the road.
Cassie now knows something is up, so she goes straight to the office to see ADR Ava and Frank and accuses them of killing Lisa and embezzling money. (It should be the movie’s climax, but I’m all thinking about how good Ava’s hair looks!) They fire her.
Milo wakes up from his coma and tells Cassie and her father everything he knows. Cassie’s father seems unsurprised and is taking all the news well. He MUST be in on it.
Tracy calls Cassie and wants to meet to talk. Tracy has recovered from her accident and warns Cassie that she is probably next. Then, the call fails.
Jeb visits Milo in the hospital, and Cassie confronts him, telling him to go to the cops. He doesn’t want to be the next to die and passes on that. He does listen to a phone call Cassie makes telling her husband that she will make a copy of a doc that will prove everything. (This movie is obsessed with making copies.)
Cassie is caught by Ava and Frank, who are in the office late for some hanky panky. Ava delivers her ADR villain monologue while holding Cassie at gunpoint. Then they get into some golf carts?
On the golf course, Ava forces Cassie to take off her top. Frank realizes that Ava killed everybody and refuses to kill Cassie. He tries to wrestle the gun from Ava, but she shoots him. Tracy shows up to save the day and avenge her sister. (You go, Tracy!)
The police arrest Ava, who continues to talk in ADR! (Did none of her audio record?!) Jamie and Cassie work together and publish the story about the MURDER AT THE COUNTRY CLUB!
Side Note/Stray Thoughts
Minority Report: Ava, Milo, bodyguard,
There were MAJOR sound issues with this movie.
ADR: Automated dialogue replacement refers to the process of re-recording audio in a more controlled and quieter setting. Usually captured in a postproduction studio, ADR is a way to improve audio quality or reflect changes in dialogue and performance.
Embezzling money is not exciting or sexy. Sorry, Lifetime.
This movie had so many dropped/unresolved plots that were just time sucks. In the end, Vanessa, the hooker, and the frat boys didn’t matter. It would have added some emotional weight if we had met Lisa Harkin, and she was sympathetic in some way.
Numbers of Kills: 🔪🔪 (2 knives)
Enjoyment Level (1-5 scale)
🍷 (1 Glass of Wine)
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