Release Date: October 16, 2009
Starring: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn
Badgley, Amber Heard, Paige
Turco, Jon Tenney, and Sherry
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Director: Nelson McCormick
Executive Producer: J.S. Cardone, Robert O. Green,
Guy Oseary, and Meredith
Producer: Greg Mooradian and Mark Morgan
Writer: J.S. Cardone, Donald E.
Westlake, Brian Garfield,
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Michael’s suspicions grow that David may not be the loving man that he pretends to be. In a game of cat and mouse, Michael tries to figure out what’s happening, but David is often ahead of him. To cover his tracks, he kills the nosy neighbor and the ex-husband when they begin to question his past.
David does things to win Michael over to him. Then, Michael’s girlfriend, Kelly, encourages him to accept David.
Just when Michael is convinced David is okay, Michael finds an artist’s sketch on America’s Most Wanted’s web site of a serial killer that looks just like David. With this new information, Michael races to rescue his mom from the hands of the killer. The two end in a fight on the rooftop. In the end, the family is saved, but the crazy killer moves on to another family.
THE STEPFATHER is a well-made thriller that is somewhat small in scope. At the outset, viewers are shown that David is a psychopathic killer, and so the suspense is waiting to see how Michael will figure it out. At times, it seems as if this movie is more like a complicated episode of a police TV drama than a feature movie. Dylan Walsh portrays the crazy killer well, being convincing as a nice family man but revealing that there is something seething underneath.
While good does triumph in that the family is saved from being murdered, the murderer is not caught and brought to justice. Of course, this is a convenient set up for a sequel.
THE STEPFATHER contains much violence, including onscreen murders. Disturbing is what’s not discussed, which is a minor character having a live-in lesbian girlfriend and the fact that the single mom and her fiancée live in the same house and sleep in the same bed.
Much caution and discernment is required for those who may want to see this tension-filled thriller.
THE STEPFATHER is a well-made thriller that is small in scope. At the outset, viewers are shown that David is a psychopathic killer and so the suspense is waiting to see how Michael will figure it out. Dylan Walsh portrays the crazy killer well, being convincing as a nice family man but revealing there is something seething underneath. While good does triumph in that the family is saved from being murdered, the murderer is not caught and brought to justice. Also, the movie contains much violence with onscreen murders, as well as homosexual characters. For a list of better, more worthwhile movies to see, please visit www.movieguide.org.