Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: A Deadly Adoption

A Deadly Adoption

Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig


June 20, 2015

Rachel Lee Goldenberg

Marvista Entertainment

2 hours 2 minutes



Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are incredibly gifted comedic actors, which made the announcement that they were to star in a Lifetime drama all the more hilarious. Many, myself included, expected these two to make a self-aware and overly dramatic parody that never took itself seriously in the slightest. What we got when "A Deadly Adoption" premiered was, well, a Lifetime movie.  I think the best word to describe this film is "odd." This was a very serious melodrama thriller that, while it did have solid acting from its leads and some pretty interesting twists, felt forced at times and felt like it would have been the perfect idea for an over the top version of a Lifetime movie. Ferrell and Wiig shine here and prove that they are more than capable of doing serious work if they tried.  The main villain of the film, who looks like Megan Fox but acts better, is fine, but she gets pretty campy at times.  Considering this movie was meant to be taken seriously, the very last scene of the film felt out of place, making me wonder whether this actually was supposed to be a parody or not.  I was never bored watching "A Deadly Adoption," but considering the talent both in front of and behind the camera, this could have and should have been better than the average Lifetime movie.

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