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14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ellie Christianson
Louise Myrback ...
Lena Anderson
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Ben Christianson
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Karen Christianson
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Inger Christianson
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Lawson Smith
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Mrs. Potter
Casey Rion ...
Leon
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Patrick McTavish ...
Bobby Smith
Connie Blankenship ...
Mrs. Smith
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Police Woman
Kyle Sabihy ...
Snuffy Holmes
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Detective Ritchie (as Sterling Macer)
Beano ...
Forensic Cop
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After the mysterious death of an upper class housewife, her oldest daughter literally takes her place, dressing in her mother's clothes and seducing the father. A quirky detective investigates the crime and finds that there are many suspects, each with something to hide. Written by Larry McGillicuddy <pcsq84f@prodigy.com>

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Evil Never Looked So Good.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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17 January 1998 (USA)  »

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The Second Wife  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Officer: So you do think it was him?
Detective Roland: Him... or somebody else.
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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

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When I am Queen
Written by Jessicka
by Jack Off Jill
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Predictable Plot, Undeveloped Characters
17 February 2002 | by (Sooner State) – See all my reviews

Predictable plot here. My husband & I guessed the ending half-way through the film.

There were many "huh?!" moments. For instance: When the heck did Lawson fall in love with the Julia Stiles character? I must have blinked and missed the entire development of that.

The characters competed with the plot for the "boring and predictable" prize. Julia Stiles did a pretty good job with the empty material she was given, but the other actors were not able to do much with their lame roles.

And the incest stuff . . . yuck!

The case to this DVD had some "If you enjoy this movie, you might want to check out" suggestions: The Babysitter, The Crush, etc.; ie, better-developed versions of this type of film. This movie had potential to be a crazy-girl-wreaks-havoc tour de force for Julia Stiles, as the other films were for Alicia Silverstone. It would have been really fun to see Julia Stiles chew the scenery and go on some major rampages.


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