Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?
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personally i thought this film was great. Well worth a watch, if you have the time i thoroughly recommend this film. From beginning to end i was deeply engrossed into the film by the interesting plot of the 'Stepfather' looking for the perfect family who have to fit his requirements or the family will have to pay dearly. But seriously give this film a watch and im sure you wont regret it. The whole movie was made very well and adds alot to the film as a whole. Hope you enjoy!
Kept me on edge the entire time, and really made me love the characters. It really captured the anxious feelings of a step parent stepping in and trying to take over. I think the music is what really made this movie what it is. You always knew that every time the music quickened then something was going to jump out. Then entire movie was one big build-up for the "shocking conclusion". Which had me captured and absorbed completely in the plot of the movie.
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The Stepfather (14A) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Beware cupid. Once bitten twice shy should have been advice used by a woman who winds up head over heels falling for a new guy in The Stepfather. Call this a rejigging of the classic 70s thriller and this time Sony Pictures has pulled out all the stops. Good acting, tension and a dangerous lover all collide for folks to get their chill quotient fully satiated at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking) Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver city cites across B.C.
We all want love. Poor Susan Harding is coming off a bad relationship and, as luck would have it, meets a new man. Man of the moment David Harris seems like a genuine nice guy and manages to win the 40 something woman over. Even though she has three children this new lover becomes a part of her life.
Portland, Oregon will never be the same for this family as bit by bit bad things begin to happen. Now we have all seen this type of story on film before unfold. Better than your average B-grade thriller The Stepfather is creepy enough to really get under your skin thanks to that calm, cool demeanour of our leading man/villain. David is smooth as silk and under the persona of Dylan Walsh (The Lake House) really uses all that charm to help hide his dirty side. And when the mayhem begins itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s relentless.
Poor Sela Ward (The Guardian) perfectly portrays the woman caught in a love trap, like a deer in the headlights, blinded by love. Cast as Michael, her doubting son, is Penn Badgley (John Tucker Must Die) while his carnal needs seem to be nicely met by Amber Heard (Pineapple Express).
Naturally, lots of liberties are taken by director Nelson McCormick (Prom Night) with some scenes totally unbelievable that show the stupidity of some of the characters, but for 102 minutes this film does hold your attention as youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not sure what evil deed this dude will do next. Yes, there are some typical plot gaps that you could run a Mac truck through but The Stepfather nevertheless delivers what it promises: a very creepy main character able to charm his way into a familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life with reckless, calculated precision.
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