Saturday, June 15, 2024

Will Ferrell Will Love This: Lifetime Plans Classic High School Mom from Hell Revenge Movie About Competing Soccer Player Daughters


You know that Will Ferrell, for reasons apparently unclear even to him, made a parody of a Lifetime movie last year. “A Deadly Adoption” (a deadly movie) was about a couple– Kristen Wiig was the wife– trying to have a baby with a deranged surrogate.

Lifetime is famous for tawdry movies of the week, usually made on the cheap in Canada with people you’ve never heard of, that are like pulp fiction but watered down to a G rating. A threat looms, but cookies and milk are served at the end.

Now Lifetime has announced a new production, still untitled. Here’s the breakdown:

“Psychology teacher & head soccer coach of her daughter Hailey’s high school, RHONDA CHALMERS can see that Hailey isn’t the soccer star her mother would like her to be, but she’s driven to see Hailey get a soccer scholarship to college & have all the advantages that Rhonda didn’t. With Hailey’s biggest competition the extremely talented Cameron Lowe, Rhonda systematically mounts an increasingly violent campaign to make sure Cameron is put out of commission for the season…”

It sounds wonderful. I’m glad Lifetime is getting back to its roots of crazed suburban moms getting violent over their high school daughters’ success and competitions. Somehow, all is right with the world.

Send me casting suggestions and I’ll post them–

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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