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The Stepfather

Little Miss Sunshine

What she said:

She

Let me first start by saying, the critics hated this movie.  They blasted it as a dull and shallow remake.  I think the film has its flaws, but overall didn't think it was too bad, certainly not worthy of a one-star rating. 

The film follows a family and the stepfather-to-be trying to weasel his way in.  He's a serial killer, which you know from the very start.  The viewer gets to watch as David makes himself a part of the family's lives, only to raise suspicions along the way. 

I would not classify this as a straight-up horror movie.  It's certainly more of a thriller.  There simply is not enough gore for this to be a horror flick.  In fact, there is hardly any blood at all, which is somewhat of a disappointment considering the main character kills numerous folks. 

It runs fairly predictably through the climax, so in that way it disappoints a little as well.  But overall, it was fairly entertaining.  I can see there being some complaints that the build-up was long and slow, but I didn't find it all that bad.  The film is filled with suspicious looks and awkward encounters.  Overall, as long as you don't go into the movie expecting too much, I don't think you'll be wholly disappointed.

Diagnosis: Thumbs 75 percent up.

What he said:

He

First of all I would like to express my gratitude to the director of this movie. Your decision to have Amber Heard's character to appear on screen in a bikini or underwear 98.333% of the time was that of a marketing genius. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar and I salute you!

Unfortunately, that is probably the most exciting part of the movie. Ok, I'm exaggerating, but my greater point still stands; there's nothing overly exciting about the movie. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't horrible. The critics trashed it and while I agree with some complaints (I found myself wanting more), I think too many dissed it simply because it was a remake.

Our story begins with our main character (and serial killer) David (played by Dylan Walsh) embarking on quest to find a new family. He happens upon Susan (played by Sela Ward - who seems to never age) in the grocery store with two of her three children. Fast forward six month, they are engaged, and Susan's third (and oldest) son returns home from military school. Michael (played by some lad named Penn Badgley) is reluctant to accept his new stepfather, but willing to give it a chance. As mentioned above, suspuscions arise and there are plenty of close calls throughout. Before you know it, we reach our climax.

The biggest complain I have is I simply wanted more. The movie was predictable and cliché, but I expected it, so that wasn't really a problem. But I did want more suspense. It's there, just not overwhelming. So when the climax comes, it feels like I just watched a sprint after expecting more of a marathon.

My favorite part of the movie, besides Amber Heard, was how David puts a padlock on the basement door. What's so weird about that? Well besides the fact that it's Susan's house and they've only known each other six months, not a thing! Helllooo, glaring red flag Susan! What kind of creeper requests this (and you allow it) in your own house?! Major creeper alert!

Rating: Thumbs half up.

This movie review was completed sometime in September 9, 2010.