Brazen Review: Mother, May I Sleep with Netflix

Close your intellectual property rights. Hide your new ideas. Get rid of that project you wrote. Because Netflix is ​​coming for you.

What is the brand of Netflix? Netflix is All brands. Ironically, it is Amazon’s streaming platforms. Netflix has come to watch holiday movies. It’s time for a subtle romantic comedy made for TV. It has come to sitcoms with little laugh tracks. It has come to musicals. She has spared no effort in her quest for world domination (I mean, I’m just assuming this is a Netflix endgame).

And now it’s time for the made-for-TV films that form the backbone of Lifetime and Hallmark. Hallmark owns an entire channel called Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Lifetime owns the Lifetime Movie Network and has six new movies that premiere in January and February with titles such as Caught in his network And Disappeared: Searching for my sister. But here is Netflix with rude / brassyA movie based on the novel slut virtue by Nora Roberts So It belongs to the basic cable.

This movie has all the hallmarks of a Hallmark movie. Let’s review. (Spoiler warning. The plot points forward. But I mean rude / brassy It really isn’t that hard to figure out.)

A beloved TV star who was the lead: Alyssa Milano plays Grace, a famous writer who returns to her childhood home to visit her sister Kathleen (Emily Olrup) just to catch up. I am a child. Obviously, Kathleen has a problem with the letter “T.” Milano has been a fixture on TV since its days Who is responsible He starred in countless TV movies, the latest being Lifetime tempting fate She played a woman who sees her life fall apart after having an affair. We’ve seen Milan, a much-loved TV presence, in many similar roles over the years. Except this time it’s different! She is blonde.

TV star support team: Viewers may also recognize Ullerup, who starred in the popular Hallmark series Chesapeake Shores, and Sam Page, who starred in Freeform’s the bold type And many more TV movies including 2021 one summer And Happy birthday: second chance, first love For Hallmark movies and puzzles.

A woman has a secret: Kathleen is a recovering drug addict who lost custody of her son due to her husband’s controlling jerks. She finally puts her life together and struggles to get her son back. She is now a famous teacher in a private high school. But Kathleen also has a secret: To pay her legal fees, she landed a side job as an online teacher. I caught you! It’s an online Dominatrix named Desiree who breaks a whip while saying “I can’t hear you! Louder! Louder!”

A murder mystery: Yes, you don’t think Kathleen will survive, do you?

romantic: Arriving in D.C., Grace meets her lively neighbor Ed (Page) who happens to be a police detective. I mean, what are the odds? This is a sample of their flirtatious banter. She asks him to help write her next book. “A fantasy, right? You wouldn’t kill anyone?” he asked. She replied, “I can’t tell you that.” Oh so cute!

Romance at Inappropriate Times: Your sister was murdered. You are sad and stunned. Why don’t you sleep with a police detective you just met? “Once will not be enough,” he told her rudely.

Silly plot twists: Grace is a famous enough author to be recognized by Ed immediately but not by anyone else. She is formally placed in the case because, as a writer, she is adept at learning the killer’s motives. Sure, Grace should definitely be in her sister’s condition. There is no willingness there. In case you were wondering, she should also make herself the killer’s next target as a way to catch him.

Several suspects but only one clear: There is the aforementioned ex-husband who, when confronted by Grace, told her to “restrain your overactive imagination or I’ll do it for you.” There are all the Kathleen / Desiree clients who don’t want their work or their spouses to see how they spend their spare time. There are Kathleen students, including Gerald (Matthew Finlan), the son of a senator, and Rand (Daniel Demer), a star athlete who also has a secret. And let’s not forget Billy (Aaron Paul Stewart), who runs the webcam for Desiree. You might think this is too much of a suspect, but you would be wrong! If you don’t know who the killer is the moment you see them, you don’t watch enough TV.

So, in short, rude / brassy It is totally silly. But it’s also fun to watch in a “too bad it’s good” way. What I really found myself thinking during the movie was my own version of “Leave Britney Alone!” viral video. Why can’t Netflix leave Lifetime and Hallmark alone? We don’t need Netflix to get the basic cable fare set up for TV. Leave the bad movies made for TV to the networks that started it all.


Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal®, is a Boston-based freelance writer and member of the Television Critics Association. She was not allowed to watch much TV as a child and now her parents have to live with this as her career. You can follow it Twitter (AmyTVGal).

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