Thursday, May 5, 2011

PCP on DVD - The Stepfather

Review:  The Stepfather.  Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. 

The Stepfather is a remake of a 1980s movie of the same name, although given how poor this movie is I’m not certain why they bothered.  This could easily have been a made for TV movie, and considering the cast of the film is all people I’m used to seeing on TV, that would have made more sense.  The movie stars Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) as the title bad guy, who marries into the Harding family consisting of Sela Ward (Sisters, CSI: NY), Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Skyler Samuels (The Gates), and Braeden Lemasters (Men of a Certain Age).  The rest of the supporting cast is all familiar faces from TV too, including Sherry Stringfield (ER), Jon Tenney (The Division), and Paige Turco (The Agency).  The only person that is more of a movie actress than a TV one is Amber Heard (Zombieland), who is apparently contractually obligated to be in a bikini for the duration of the film.  Anyways, the reason I am talking about the cast of this film so much is because I spent more time going “where do I know them from?” than actually caring about the plot.  There’s very little suspense to the film, considering that the previews and the opening minute of the film make it crystal clear that Dylan Walsh is no saint.  Also, these are some good actors.  I have watched the shows that most of them are in, and that is why I gave this film a shot, primarily because I loved Dylan Walsh on Nip/Tuck.  Sadly, that was a mistake.  The actors in this film have done some great work on TV, and they deserve a better movie role than this piece of garbage.  Do not waste your time, you’re not missing anything.  The scares are weak, the plot boring, and the thrills and gore are missing.  Skip this movie.  If you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself.

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