Growing up under terrible circumstances in a loveless home, a girl who finally finds happiness refuses to let anyone take it from her.


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Credited cast:
Theresa Malcolms
Sadie Connell
Aaron Myers
Josh Myers
Deborah Grover ...
Elana Connell
Miss Goldin
Mia Kechichian ...
Eva Link ...
Mrs. Fisher
Heather Tod Mitchell ...
John Koensgen ...
Grandpa Warren
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jared Boucher ...
Male Coach


Seemingly sweet and charming, a young girl is finally reunited with her mother after being raised by abusive grandparents. Unfortunately, her haunting past catches up to her as she goes down a very dangerous and destructive path in her new home town.

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19 March 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mommy's Little Girl  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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The video game Josh is playing is a poor-quality version of the 1997 video game GoldenEye 007 which was made for Nintendo 64. See more »


Elana Connell: What do I always tell you to remember?
Elana Connell: Answer me.
Sadie Connell: [annoyed] Follow temptation and you deserve what you get.
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Hard to Say Goodbye
Written and composed by John DaFarla
Performed by Gabrielle Graves
Played during the last scene of the movie
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Conradt still the mistress of Lifetime
20 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Last night Lifetime presented two recent TV-movie productions back to back, first the March 19 "world premiere" of "Mommy's Little Girl" and then a repeat of last Saturday's "world premiere," The Stepchild. I had high hopes for "Mommy's Little Girl" as soon as I saw Christine Conradt's name among the writing credits — she came up with the "original" story and co-wrote the actual script with Mark Sanderson, while her frequent collaborator Curtis James Crawford directed — and I wasn't disappointed: though both the overall premise and several specific incidents are heavily, shall we say, "borrowed" from Maxwell Anderson's play "The Bad Seed" (and the marvelous film Mervyn LeRoy made from it in 1956 — at least it's a marvelous film if you stop watching it at the point where the play ends and avoid the tacked-on ending the Production Code Administration insisted on), "Mommy's Little Girl" is a great suspense thriller. Maybe it's not an all-time classic but it holds the attention, it entertains and gives us the nice clean dirty frissons of fun for which we (at least I) go to Lifetime in the first place.

It begins at the home of Elana Connell (Deborah Grover), an insanely (literally) moralistic woman who for the last 10 years has raised her grandchild Sadie (Emma Hentschel) after Sadie's mom Theresa (Fiona Gubelmann, top-billed) flamed out on alcohol (and possibly drugs as well, though the Conradt-Sanderson script isn't specific about exactly what her addictions were) and the authorities were going to put Sadie in the foster-care system (the word "care" there should really be in quotes!) if grandma didn't take her. Grandma is a flinty type who lives in a clapboard house — one could readily imagine both the house and Deborah Grover being models for Grant Wood — and she's devastated when Theresa shows up at her door, announces she's clean, sober and engaged to a well-to-do toy company executive named Aaron Myers (James Gallanders, one of the few genuinely attractive men in a Lifetime movie who isn't stuck playing a villain!) who's already got a son, Josh (Mikael Conde), from an earlier wife. For the first act or so it's not altogether apparent just where the Conradt-style intrigue is going to come from, but it soon develops that Sadie has become a spoiled-brat psycho who'll do just about anything to get her way, from ratting on Josh when she catches him drinking in the backyard to responding to two class bullies at school — she's never been to school before because her grandma home-schooled her — Dylan (Sam Ashe Arnold, a cute tow-headed kid who'll probably grow up to be a heartbreaker) and Alliree (Mia Kechichian) — by stealing a box of Dylan's action-figure toys, using a cigarette lighter she inherited from her grandfather (John Koensgen) to melt the face off one of them, and taping the mutilated toy to the inside of Dylan's locker door (how did she open it?). It's about this time {spoiler alert!] that we learn Sadie had previously killed when he tried to take her down to the basement for "punishment" once too often, and as the story unfolds she also knocks off her grandma and her seemingly nice and caring teacher, Miss Goldin (Alix Sideris) in a scene obviously ripped off from "The Little Foxes/" Not only is the overall plot strongly reminiscent of "The Bad Seed" but director Crawford probably screened it for Emma Hentschel, since her portrayal of Sadie is clearly patterned on the superb little-bitch performance of Patty McCormick in "The Bad Seed", all gooey sweet smiles on the surface and psychopathic rage underneath. Though I might have preferred a dark ending along the lines of Anderson's original for "The Bad Seed" (in which "bad girl" Rhoda Penmark and her father are left together after the death of her mom, the last person who knew the secret that innocent-looking Rhoda was really a "bad seed" psycho killer), and there are a few of the plot holes typical of Conradt's work, for the most part "Mommy's Little Girl" is a solidly entertaining thriller that's helped by the fact that we know exactly who the culprit is and therefore the suspense isn't over whodunit but how the characters are going to find out who we know is doin' it.

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