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MAID OF HONOR
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Douglas Jackson

Starring:
Linda Purl
Linden Ashby
Shannon Sturges

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What's it about
After taking care or her deceased sister’s family for two years, Laci Collins wants to be more than just an Auntie. But things are made difficult when a new woman comes into the widower’s life and all hell breaks loose.
Is it good movie?
Maid of Honor was made for the women’s network called Lifetime and reminds me why I don’t watch it (as if I needed a reason). This is bland, made for cable garbage. From the very beginning we are treated to some abysmal dialogue between husband Richard Wynn (Linden Ashby) and his then wife which leads to her death. The next thing you know, its two years later and all character development is thrown out the window. We are treated to suspicious stares from crazy Aunt Laci (Linda Purl) who has a major desire for her dead sister’s husband. Thus, the “suspense” begins after the main credits role. There is nowhere to go from here. In fact, if you do decide to check this out you might want to play the “how many nasty or suspicious looks we get from several of the characters” drinking game. At least if you are drunk, this might be more entertaining.

And of course the title, where does it come from? Well along with many other ridiculous plot twists and turns that just ring completely false; the new bride played by Nicole Harris apparently has no other friends so she decides to ask Laci to be her maid of honor. Come the f*ck on! Are you seriously going to make us believe that this chick who’s the dead wife’s sister is a good choice to take on that position? Who the hell came up with that idea? Why even call this Maid of Honor, she could have just been a crazy aunt and it wouldn’t have made a difference. Yeah, that helped the whole, “I’m in love with a guy who’s about to be married who by the way, was married to my dead sister.”… But come on. That’s just creepy and wrong, and probably a very special movie event on Lifetime. No wonder I don’t watch this shite.

Director Douglas Jackson uses his best television direction with this. In other words, tons of pointless close-ups and some very below average suspense moments, this is routine stuff. I didn’t really care about any of these characters and I especially didn’t care about the psycho in love trying to get her revenge angle. It was uninteresting and always predictable. But I will give credit where credit is due and that would be Ms. Linda Purl. She has tons of fun with this character and tries very hard with what little she is given. I didn’t really buy any of it but that certainly wasn’t because of her performance. If there had been a clever script and some interesting directing she may have been brilliant. I also didn’t mind a couple other performances including Linden Ashby as the oblivious husband and Dani Kind as the suspecting daughter. This is one of those flicks that didn’t work at all, but the actors come out okay in the end.
Video / Audio
Video: It’s a TV movie and it’s in 4x3 Full Screen.

Audio: The 2.0 Dolby Stereo Sound was fine.
The Extras
Well, as for the extras… What extras? Well for once Lionsgate did us a favor and didn’t add anything to this disc. All we get are Trailers for “H.P. Lovecraft’s Beyond the Wall of Sleep”, “The Graveyard”, “Green River Killer”, “Moonlighting: Season 3” (the most entertaining part of this DVD) and “A Lover’s Revenge”. That’s it? That’s fine by me.
Last Call
If you dig Lifetime television then you might enjoy this. It is a predictable made for TV thriller lacking common sense or any thrills. There are a few good performances, most notably from television vet Linda Purl, but the shoddy script and dull direction give good reason to call this marriage off.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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