Sins in the Family (2023 Lifetime)
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Director: Alex Caulfield
Writer: Dave Florez
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Zara lives an idyllic life with husband Max and their adopted daughter Rose in their beautiful home. But when school counselor Hayley gets strangely close to her daughter and puts Zara on edge, she confesses she is Rose’s birth mom. With Rose in danger and Zara’s perfect life starting to crumble around her, will she find out the truth about Hayley before it’s too late? Stars Natalie Sharp, Moniqua Plante, Meghan Heffern, and Jay Hindle (2023).
The movie starts with a picturesque family, minus the teenage daughter being played by a 30-year-old.
Rose is a normal “teenage” girl; her teacher is doing a lesson on genetics and inheriting traits. Rose says she hasn’t inherited much because she is adopted. Her parents overcompensate by taking her to a carnival (where the mom, Zara, nails the shooting range?) and buying her a new car.
Determined to find her birth parents, Rose talks with a prissy guidance counselor named Hailey. Rose doesn’t get the answers she needs and looks online but has never learned about browsing history. Her mom finds an adoption search website and has Rose’s father, Max, talks to his daughter. He promises to get the adoption papers if she doesn’t look online for her birth parents.
Hailey invites Rose for another session, and this time, she pours her some coffee, and they sit on beanbags. Hailey opens up about being adopted, too, and advises Rose to tell her parents she wants to know her biological parents because she has the right to know. Hailey starts texting Rose outside of school hours and hangs with Rose in between classes. She offers to help find Rose’s birth parents on the DL.
When Rose is late and gets a ride with Hailey, Rose’s mom screams at Hailey for being unprofessional and treating Rose like a friend. Hailey screams, “SHE’S NOT MY FRIEND, SHE’S MY DAUGHTER!”
Rose’s mom sets up a meeting for the family, including Hailey, to lay out a plan for what is next. Hailey continues to meet with Rose in her office secretly. At the meeting, Max and Zara insist on a DNA test to prove Rose is Hailey’s biological daughter. The vibes are off at the meeting, and Hailey is indignant.
Rose’s friend has doubts about Hailey, too, and shares them with her friend. They don’t look like one another, and it is weird she is still working at the school. Zara takes Rose to meet with the adoption agency, who don’t have good records and aren’t much help either.
As a bribe, maybe Rose gets that car. Then they throw her a surprise birthday party and don’t invite Hailey. That doesn’t matter because Hailey crashes and gives Rose a charm bracelet. Then she invites Rose to her house; they make mocktails and eat ice cream for dinner. Hailey gives Rose a set of keys for her to stay over whenever she wants.
Max drops a bomb and tells Rose and Zara that when he picked up the baby, the doctors told him that the birthmother was unfit to be a mother because she tried to suffocate her baby?!?!!? The news sends Zara into a tailspin, and she knows something is off and returns to the adoption agency. Somebody forged the adoption, and there was a security breach at the agency a few months ago. The suspect was someone named Rachel Jones.
Zara makes up with Rose, and they come to an understanding. Rose doesn’t know who to trust but knows that her mother has her best interest at heart. Rose shuts Hailey out at school. Then, the DNA tests come back positive. Zara talks to the school and shows her the police record. Since Hailey was forthcoming about everything, the school is on her side. Zara and Max decide to lawyer up and get their files together. (That ain’t going to stop crazy!)
In a TWIST! Hailey is hit by a car and ends up in the hospital. Hailey accuses Zara of hitting her with her car.
Max and Hailey have a history of some kind; he stops by her house and tells Hailey/Rachel he feels sorry for her. He also informs her of a restraining order. (Which he isn’t keeping.) Neither is Zara because she shows up at the house next and finds a bottle of pills next to a whiskey glass. Hailey is passed out on the kitchen floor. (She is sent back to the hospital.)
Hailey calls a truce and asks for a family meeting at her house. She apologizes to the family and wants to tell the truth. Before that, she accuses Max of poisoning her to keep family secrets. Hailey/Rachel was an exotic dancer, and Max was her number one client. He got her pregnant, and Max stole the baby. Zara is SHOCKED and APPALLED!
Upset, Rose runs to the carnival and her parents (all three of them) chase after her. Rose wanders through the crowd and pulls the BB gun from the shooting range where Zara nailed it. She pulls the gun on her father and Max pulls a gun on them. He wants to shoot Hailey and kill the truth. Zara talks Max down, or so she thinks. He grabs a shovel and almost smashes Hailey to death, but Zara shoots her husband and saves the day.
Hailey, Rose, and Zara and happy together! They celebrate Rose’s graduation and move on from Max being terrible and controlling. Rose is a strong and capable 30-year-old, heading to college! The end!
Side Note/Stray Thoughts
So these bad record adoptions stories can’t continue to be a thing, right? Everything is digital now and babies this age were born during computers.
Numbers of Kills: N/A (0 knives)
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