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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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This fall Daddy's home. See more »


Crime | Thriller

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?


Braeden Lemasters, who played Penn Badgley's younger brother in this movie, played Badgley's younger self in Easy A (2010). See more »


When Micheal and Kelly were looking through Davids items in his room Micheal and Kelly have to hide due to David arriving home, when David is looking for Micheal and Kelly he enters Michaels room, near the door on the wall there is a unframed poster of a model, later in the movie when David is talking to Micheal in his room the poster is not there any more and a small framed photo is leaning against the wall were the poster should have been. See more »


[first lines]
Leah: One female in her late 30s, three minors. Multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
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Say the Same
Written by Douglas Robb, Daniel Estrin and Chris Hesse
Performed by Hoobastank
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Average remake full of suspense , thrills and gory killings
2 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

A meek-looking guy man named David Harris (Dylan Wash)marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots who will march unquestioningly to his tune, his dreams of domestic bliss begin to crumble, and he murders them. Then he alters his appearance, assumes a new identity, and skips to another town to begin the deadly ritual all over again. He attempts to marry Susan Harding (Sela Ward) , who sees him as the ideal surrogate father for his sons , and he is soon up to his old tricks when she proves to be too much of a troublesome young son Michael (Penn Badgley) to handle. As Michael goes back home from military school to find his mother falling in love and living with her new love interest . As both of them get to know each other, he along with his father (Jon Tenney) become more and more suspicious of the person who is always there with a helpful hand .

Exciting thriller has well-cast Dylan Walsh who manages to deliver a good performance as a family-values man in search of the perfect little family but he results to be a psycho who eventually erupts into violence. But Amber Heard steals the spectacle showing a breathtaking bikini playing as son's girlfriend . The film turns out to be an inferior remake from successful original ¨The stepfather¨ (1987) by Joseph Ruben with Terry O'Quinn , Jill Schoelen, and Shelley Hack that was followed by other two follow-up as ¨ Stepfather 2¨ (1989) by Jeff Burr again with Terry O' Quinn , along with Meg Foster and Jonathan Brandis and ¨Stepfather 3¨ . Rating : 5,5 ; acceptable and passable .

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