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Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (2001)

TV-PG | | Drama, Crime, Thriller | TV Movie 20 May 2001
Fans of Mary Tyler Moore may be taken aback by her performance in this fact-based drama, in which she plays a character far removed from her bubbly Laura Petrie and Mary Richards personae. ... See full summary »

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Ken 'Pappa' Kimes
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Tony Vatelero
Alex Breden ...
Kenny at 4 Years
Jared Daperis ...
Kenny at 8 Years
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Kent at 12 Years
Matthew Vennell ...
Kent at 15 Years
Matt Robinson ...
Kent at 18 Years (as Matthew Robinson)
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Fans of Mary Tyler Moore may be taken aback by her performance in this fact-based drama, in which she plays a character far removed from her bubbly Laura Petrie and Mary Richards personae. She gets deep inside the role of Sante Kimes, whose childhood of abuse and exploitation leaves a legacy of amorality that she passes on to her son Kenny (Gabriel Olds). Written by Chance Fell

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The Real-Life Case That's Still Making Headlines.

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Drama | Crime | Thriller

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20 May 2001 (USA)  »

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A Most Deadly Family  »

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The original title for this movie was "The Mother, The Son and the Socialite". The same title of the novel for which the movie is based. See more »

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Creepy, seemingly implausible, but Moore hits the bulls eye
30 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Like Mother, Like Son" is a study in the degeneration of the potential of a child due to the influence of a narcissistic and soul sick parent. We have to believe that even if the son Kenny had exhibited some personality problems at an early age (I believe that initially he was as normal as any other kid), they need not be cemented into his character as they would eventually be under the misguidance of the psychopathic Sante. Sante is a master at manipulation, which to quote the Bible: "....is as the Sin of Witchcraft",bending husbands too, to her will. You wish that one of her unlucky lovers could have really cared enough about the sons to try to free them from her grasp. The elder son does eventually break free; it comes at a point where he is mature enough to discern that Sante's endless scheming guarantees that a productive life is impossible for anyone connected with her. Mary Tyler Moore has clearly shown us her true range as an actress here because in this film SHE IS Sante Kimes in all her ugly glory. Good acting all around in this disturbing film based on the real like Kimes and her unlucky, lost son.


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