Handyman from Hell (2023 Lifetime)
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Director: Cody Hartman
Writer: Jay Black
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Maggie Anderson has just separated from her husband and, as a way to cope, is finally overhauling the beautiful converted church that she had bought with so much promise just a few years ago. When she meets the sexy, skilled Nate, she feels like she’s met the man who is going to fix up her kitchen…and maybe even her heart. What she doesn’t realize is that Nate is mysteriously connected to her family and is entering her home and her life with murder on his mind. Liliana Tandon, Joey Ariemma, Kristina Horan, Steve Hofstetter, Jodie Sweetin star. (2023)
The movie starts in a traditional suburban neighborhood. Jodie Sweetin is getting ready for a date while talking on the phone with her friend. (This scene reminds me of Drew Berrymore in Scream. Will she be the first victim?) Jodie Sweetin is leaving her husband for a Hunky Handyman named Nate. Her friend tells her to be careful; Nate could be too good to be true.
When we first see Nate, he polishes a large piece of wood. He is unconventionally handsome and wearing a tight black tank top. Jodie Sweetin shows up and is ready to get it on. Before that, she asks him what is happening with them, which is decidedly NOT sexy. Nate tells Jodie Sweetin that he wants her to be with him for the rest of her life and, unsurprisingly, shoots her with his nail gun. Bye, Jodie Sweetin!!!!!!
Cut to Maggie, who loves turtlenecks and recently moved into a new home. Her brother, Michael, and his wife, Harriet, live next door. Maggie is currently separated and runs an architectural business with Michael that they inherited from their father. After they leave Maggie alone, she cries in her living room.
Little does she know she is being watched by thee Handyman From Hell, Nate, while he shaves wood with a knife. (This guy LOVE wood.)
At the office in downtown Pittsburgh, Maggie does yoga in her office because a calmness app tells her to. Michael is annoyed at his sister’s lack of work ethic and is losing patience with her upset over the separation.
Maggie wants to redo her kitchen and interviews potential handymen for the job; they are all comedians. (For real, someone called in a favor for some comedians to zoom in for an interview.) The bit goes on far too long and is underscored by ridiculous music.
After realizing that her Zoom call contacters won’t work out, Maggie meets with a contractor and is annoyed that the guy is running late for his appointment. Harriett accidentally lets the cat out, and Nate happens to bring it back to them. Nate jokes about kidnapping her contractor and offers to get his stuff out of his truck and look at the plans. The contractor IS tied up and gagged in the truck.
Nate isn’t just handy with woodworking but also a tech wizard. He hacks into Maggie’s computer and tracks her location on his phone. Then he wanders around the house, slowly unbuttoning his shirt one room at a time. Then he sees a framed news article and punches it, cutting his hand and letting out a half-hearted scream. The Nate steps out of frame, thinks about it, and takes down the shattered photo.
Maggie watches Nate work and thinks he is hot AF.
She asks him to join her for lunch and wraps his injured hand. As they do, Maggie shares about her cheating husband, David, and she seems more upset that he cheats with a junior associate. Nate tells her he thinks it is beautiful that she is moving on with her life and making new friends. They almost kiss but are interrupted by Michael, who disapproves. He wants to run a background check on Nate but doesn’t have his last name. Nate says his last name is “Brothers.” (Which is a terrible lie.)
Nate monologues with himself, or maybe a ghost brother. He is seeking revenge for his family for something that happened in the past. These scenes continue throughout the movie. (It is good that Joey Ariemma is so hot because I’m not into a ghost mystery.)
The next day, Maggie and Nate share a LAME kiss. She apologizes immediately and is just generally awkward. She catches Nate in a lie, and he charms his way out of it. There is a game night, and David shows up. Maggie is reluctant to have him over but decides to let him join. They get the clue together, and that clue is “Jealousy.” Michael is a real asshole at the party, which randomly turns out to be his birthday party.
While cleaning up, David and Maggie reconnect; Nate can’t have that and strangles David to death in his van. Maggie thinks David ditched her and cries in Nate’s arms, and then they have sex. She says Nate is like serendipity.
The sex is so good that they decide to work in the kitchen. Then Nate asks Maggie to show him her workplace. He seems very interested in the company files. Maggie tells him that all the files are locked up in Michael’s office and instead shows him some paintings in the safe that are worth a lot of money and belong to Michael.
Nate devises a plan to steal the paintings, kill Michael, and leave Maggie alone. In the next scene,, Nate has the brother tied up in his car with duct tape over his mouth. Nate rants about how much he loves Maggie and how terrible all the men in her life are. Nate cuts off Michael’s thumb to get into the safe.
Maggie notices the missing framed article and puts everything together. She does some online research and learns that Nate isn’t Nate’s brother. He is Nate Hawkings, whose father died in a construction accident.
Nate interrupts her online research and tells her who he is. He says he is in love with her. Then he fires the nail gun all over the place. Maggie is horrified to hear that Nate killed her husband and kidnapped her brother. Realizing she is in danger, she pretends to go along with it. Nate isn’t buying it and shoots her in the foot. Michael runs to save his sister, but Nate knocks him out. Maggie finds a hammer and hits him. They call the police.
The police arrest Nate, but Michael isn’t looking so good; he has a nail in his shoulder and is missing a thumb. Harriett rushes over because she tracked their heart rates on a fitness app and noticed something was wrong,
Things seem back to normal, but then Maggie gets a package from the state prison. It is a wood carving that reads ” I’m Coming For You.” (Does no one check the outgoing mail in jail?!) The end!
Side Not/Stray Thoughts
This movie is a less successful version of A Deadly Adoption, which hired comedians and applied the Lifetime Movie Formula. This movie hired comedians and tried to spoof a Lifetime movie. (I can appreciate the effort, but I would like a heads-up. Otherwise, the comedic touches look like production oversights.)
The Jodie Sweetin fake-out will upset some true TV Movie fans. I would have liked it MORE if her death scene had been more over the top since it is canon that leads are rarely killed on screen.
Numbers of Kills: 🔪🔪 (2 knives)
Enjoyment Level (1-5 scale)
🍷🍷🍷 (2 Glasses of Wine)
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