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Maternal Obsession (2008)

Her Only Child (original title)
A lonely woman sabotages any relationship that her daughter tries to maintain.

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Lily, 31, is an average woman with an average life. She's pretty, friendly, and does well at her job as a claims analyst for an insurance company. But there's one facet of Lily's life that just isn't normal-her mother. A couple years ago, Lily moved back in with her mother Inez, 60, to help take care of her when she was sick. Now that she's there, Inez is not about to let her leave. Lonely and bitter after her own husband left her years ago, Inez feels that Lily is the only person she has left in the world and has tangled such a web of guilt and lies around Lily, the young woman is scared to leave. Inez does everything she can-even going to extremes-to sabotage any relationship Lily tries to have... especially with men. Unfortunately for Inez, Lily begins dating a guy at work, Larry, 40, who is seemingly perfect for her. Fearing her daughter will soon leave to 'have her own life,' Inez realizes she must pull out the big guns to make sure Lily and Larry never end up together. Written by Anonymous

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The bond between mother and daughter is always strong. But what happens when a mother's love goes too far? When good intentions are misdirected, and a mother's love becomes an obsession. See more »


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A deeply disturbed mother tries to stop her daughter from having a life
26 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The leggy eldest daughter on "The Nanny," Nicholle Tom, is all grown up now and "Her Only Child" in this 2008 film also starring Cameron Daddo and Gwynyth Walsh. Tom plays Lily Stanler, unlucky in love, who lives with her suffocating wreck of a mother (Walsh) who is terrified of bugs and of her daughter leaving her. She's the type of mom who makes cookies when her daughter is on a diet and wants to see a movie on Saturday night when she knows her daughter has a date that evening. When Lily meets the handsome Larry (Daddo), mom has a knife injury requiring stitches in the middle of one date, and during Lily's romantic weekend with Larry, her dog gets into the garbage back home and is possibly poisoned (I was nervous about Binky all during the movie). Add to that the fact that Lily's past relationships have ended somewhat suddenly, Mom always being there to pick up the pieces takes on new meaning - mom's the one creating the breakage to begin with. Does Lily need a sledgehammer over her head before she figures this out? Or does Binky or her new beau have to die before she gets a clue? Tune in and find out! Walsh is so obviously a whacko that it's impossible to believe her daughter would think she was even semi-normal. Still you can't help but feel sorry for the manipulated Lily character - the beautiful Tom has a sweet presence, and you just want to throttle her to get a life. Daddo, of "F/X" fame is hunky as ever.

Very ordinary, very typical Lifetime movie. Lifetime rotates the same three or four plots and changes the cast - and we keep watching. Now who's crazy?


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