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Glass House: The Good Mother
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10.06.2006 By: Jason Adams
Glass House: The Good Mother order
Director:
Steve Antin

Actors:
Angie Harmon
Joel Gretsch
Jordan Hinson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Newly orphaned siblings Abby and Ethan are placed in a beautiful house with Raymond and Eve, two of the nicest foster parents in the history of social services. Unfortunately that wouldnít make a very good thriller, so it conveniently turns out that Raymond and Eve are closet psychos whose hobbies include cutting children and eating puppies.

Okay, they donít actually eat puppies, but that wouldíve made this movie a whole lot more interesting.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Enough is enough; no more straight-to-DVD sequels. Did anybody actually watch the original GLASS HOUSE that came out in 2001? I didnít even realize THE GOOD MOTHER was a follow up to that until I looked it up on IMDB. If you were waiting with baited breath for this movie, please hit your Back button. I donít like you.

Let me tell you exactly what kind of movie we have here: Halfway through, the main character discovers the shocking truth behind her new foster parents by Googling ďMom poisons child.Ē Iím serious. Another good example of the filmís quality is this exchange of dialogue that takes place as Eve tries to kill Abby: ďAll I wanted to be was a good mother!Ē ďBut youíre not!Ē The entire movie runs at pretty much this caliber of cinema and I donít think I need to insult your intelligence by explaining it any further.

Angie Harmon actually does a good job going all Norman Bates on these poor children, convincingly crazy but without going overboard. Iím just sorry that sheís been relegated to second-rate direct-to-video thrillers. Jordan Hinson, who plays Abby also does a good job with what sheís given and unlike a lot of bad movies, keeps you from rooting for the kids to be killed.

Thereís a tense moment here or there but GLASS HOUSE: THE GOOD MOTHER canít overcome the lame retread of a story. And the house isnít even made of glass! (Donít tell me itís a metaphor; thatís giving the movie way too much credit.)
THE EXTRAS
At least itís not barebones, right? Right?!

Commentary by the director, producer and editor: The main topic of conversation seems to be the fast shooting schedule and miniscule budget. Point taken, but that's no excuse; some of the best movies ever were done quick and cheap.

Deleted Scenes (5:50): These six scenes answer a couple of the gaping questions left by the movie, not that anybody is going to beat themselves up over it.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Scraping the bottom of the barrel, thatís the best way to describe GLASS HOUSE: THE GOOD MOTHER. There may be a couple things that work in this movie, namely Angie Harmonís performance, but that doesnít stop from it being completely unnecessary and not worth your precious money.

Extra Tidbit: Jason London, who has a bit part as a cop, is not T.S. from MALLRATS. Thatís actually his twin brother Jeremy London. The more you knowÖ
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