CROOKED HOUSE

"Detective Uncovers Dark Family Secrets to Solve a Murder Mystery"

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Summary:

CROOKED HOUSE is a murder mystery full of quick wit and whodunit suspense as a detective investigates the death of a rich businessman that may have been murdered by a family member still in the house. CROOKED HOUSE engages viewers from the start and has a light Christian worldview featuring sacrifice and some moral elements, but are mitigated by the nefarious motives of the suspects, an illicit affair and a suicide. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

Review:

CROOKED HOUSE is a crime story full of quick-wit and whodunit suspense.
When tycoon Aristide Leonides (Gino Picciano) is killed in his mansion home, all the family members of his house are suspects. To further complicate things Sophia Leonides, Aristide’s granddaughter and heiress, hires her former lover, Detective Charles Hayward, to investigate the murder quietly before involving Scotland Yard. Sophia admits her fear that the killer may still be in the house.
As Charles makes his rounds to interview the family during his investigation, he realizes all of them have a motive. He also realizes that money sometimes has nothing to do with it. In other cases, money has everything to do with it as family members bicker about finances for seemingly dead-end ventures. In the end, Charles is shocked with a discovery that leads him on a race against time before yet another family member is killed.
Actress Glenn Close gives a notable performance in CROOKED HOUSE as the clever Auntie Edith, sister-in-law to the murdered tycoon. The movie’s opening scene engages the audience from the beginning as the viewer struggles to see through what appears to be a peephole into a room where a woman is injecting a man with something. This scene creates a feeling of secrecy and uncertainty that’s an ongoing theme throughout the story as Charles tries to unravel the case. CROOKED HOUSE has a light Christian worldview involving an ultimate sacrifice. Strong moral elements are mitigated by the nefarious motives of the suspects, an illicit affair and a suicide. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
During the mystery, it becomes clear that members of the Leonides clan are used to living privileged lives. Whatever they want is supplied in abundance, including their home, a sprawling mansion with many acres of land. Also, a lucrative business in making weapons more than covers the losses of Aristide’s sons’ business endeavors that don’t always go well. Yet, with all the financial riches of the Leonides, there’s a coldness within the household due to a deficiency of true love. There is plenty of passion, and they live with a love-hate relationship for each other. However, one character is willing to give it all up and, in a warped way, sacrifice everything for a loved one.
CROOKED HOUSE shows one family’s lifestyle without Jesus Christ. With all their riches, alcohol, lovers, and lusts, they can’t find happiness, peace or contentment. Even one character’s selfless solution to a problem ends in a double homicide.
The wise King Solomon says in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord build the house the builders labor in vain.” God loved us so much, that He gave His only son so that we could live life to the fullest and learn to love others and ourselves with His love. This is the best way to make any crooked house straight.

Content:

(C, BB, CapCap, Pa, Ab, L, V, S, AA, D, MM) Light Christian with strong moral, pro-capitalist elements where a character makes ultimate sacrifice to protect others and a poor immigrant became a business tycoon, but his heirs are troubled and sometimes selfish; five obscenities and one profanity; man puts another man in choke-hold to strangle but doesn’t kill him, man attacked by dogs, woman fires shot gun to kill mole, a man and woman are poisoned, a suicide; implied sex between man and woman, some kissing between man and woman; no nudity; alcohol with meals, social drinking, woman drinks excessively but not drunk, woman gets slightly drunk in one scene; some smoking, woman gives man needle of medication; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes lying, girl stages dangerous fall, slander, infidelity, girl speaks with disrespect to adult nanny, destruction of crime scene evidence, family dysfunction, selfish attitudes of entitlement.

In Brief:

CROOKED HOUSE is a murder mystery full of quick wit and whodunit suspense. A tycoon is killed in his mansion and his family members are suspects. Sophia, the tycoon’s granddaughter and heiress, hires her former lover, Detective Charles Hayward, to investigate the murder quietly before involving Scotland Yard. As Charles interviews the family during his investigation, they all have motives. At times, money has nothing to do with it. In other cases, money has everything to do with it. In the end, Charles is shocked with a discovery that leads him on a race against time before another family member is killed.

Actress Glenn Close gives a notable performance in CROOKED HOUSE as the clever sister-in-law to the murdered tycoon. The movie’s opening scene engages the audience from the start. It creates a feeling of secrecy and uncertainty that’s an ongoing theme throughout the story. CROOKED has a light Christian worldview where a character sacrifices everything to protect others. However, strong moral elements are mitigated by the nefarious motives of the suspects and an illicit affair. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.