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The Stepfather (2009)

PG-13 | | Crime, Thriller | 16 October 2009 (USA)
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Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Cutter
Detective Shay
Sean Harding
Detective Tylar
Beth Harding
Captain Mackie
Dylan Bennet
Real Estate Assistant (as Kara Briola)


Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesino en casa  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,581,586, 18 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,062,561, 20 November 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene in the trailer, in which a buzz saw swings back and forth mere inches away from a character's face, was cut from the film for pacing reasons, but it had already been used in multiple advertising materials before it was trimmed from the final release of the film. See more »


When Michael gets out of the shower, he towels off his head which dries his hair and fluffs it out in all directions. Then he immediately wraps the towel around himself and goes for the door. When he opens the door, his hair is suddenly slicked down in perfect style and dripping water on his face. See more »


[first lines]
Leah: One female in her late 30s, three minors. Multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Happy Together
Written by Gary Bonner (as Garry Bonner) and Alan Gordon
Produced by Richard Patrick and John Spiker
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Cliché and predictable.
21 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see this film for free at an advanced screening last week. What I was met with was a poorly constructed and executed film. Fifteen minutes into The Stepfather I was bored and could not wait for the ending credits to roll.

Characters in this movie were poorly thought out and extremely static. The way many of them acted was so unrealistic that it was hard to watch at points. Amber Heard's character was undeveloped and pointless, merely a factor of eye-candy as she was in her underwear or a bikini for 97% of the movie. Even Sela Ward lacked in the acting category in this film.

If the stale characters weren't enough to make you grunt in agony then the plot and atmosphere was. The soundtrack was riddled with horrible music choices that clashed entirely with the mood of the movie. And the plot was extremely predictable and overdone. The Stepfather fully utilized the "dramatic music and close-to-danger" situation that results in nothing but making the viewer think something was going to actually happen.

I knew the rest of the audience attending was in agreement with my opinion of the movie as stupid plot mechanism after stupid plot mechanism continued the "thrilling suspense." People were sarcastically shouting "Oh my god!" and "Come on!" and I couldn't agree more. How many cell phones need to break to put these characters in a state of panic? How many times must the villain magically revive himself after a near-fatal beating? Yawn.

Don't see this movie. It was not worth being free, not worth the time. Best part of the movie for me? The movie theater popcorn.

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