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The Rival (2006)

A couple unable to have children enlist the aid of a surrogate, only for the wife to be driven to insanity and murder by her paranoia.

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Douglas Jackson

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Mark Castaldo (story), W.T. McCoy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tracy Nelson ... Alice Miller
Linden Ashby ... George Miller
Heather Tom ... Jennifer Adams
Barbara Niven ... Linda Zeller
Jenna Wheeler-Hughes ... Sarah
Anna Ferguson ... Aunt Estelle
Sophie Gendron ... Lisa Kennedy
Neil Napier ... David Browning
Tyrone Benskin ... Detective Martin
Shannon Gamble Shannon Gamble ... Stacie
Luigi Saracino ... Young Male Assailant
Lynne Adams Lynne Adams ... Dr. Aitchinson
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After Alice is shot in a robbery, she loses her ability to have children. The traumatized woman finally gets over her anguish when she marries George and finds a surrogate mother, Jennifer. It seems Alice will finally get her happy ending -- until she notices George and Jennifer hitting it off a little too well. Consumed with jealousy and fear, the obsessed wife will stop at nothing to save her family-to-be. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rival See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Color
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Crazy as a loon
23 May 2007 | by caa821See all my reviews

Tracy Nelson's character is nuttier than the proverbial fruitcake. Of course, these Lifetime flicks largely rely upon a whacked-out lead character who makes others miserable, commits mayhem and murder, and provides a dark shroud which largely dominates the story.

Tracy and her hubby need a surrogate, and finally find one who suits them and is willing to live in their spacious house during the nine-month pregnancy. Tracy seems to be obsessed with this live-in arrangement, and then makes everyone miserable with her jealousies, and the musings of her aunt, who is as crazy and sociopathic as she is. She offs Auntie, as well as her therapist, who becomes suspicious -- but the aunt continues to push her even further into total lunacy from the dreams and visions which appear throughout.

As par for these flicks, the husband, while apparently a successful and authoritative businessman, schleps around like he has doubled his dose of downers, and as perceptively as if he possessed an IQ in two digits.

All-in-all, it's hard to care an iota about any of these folks, and Tracy's paranoiac and bipolar rantings, interspersed with whiny pleadings, are about as annoying as anything ever put on film. The rest of the cast does little or nothing to lessen this annoyance. In fact, the aunt only compounds it.

The only minor positive aspect in watching this flick was a minimal fascination from its awfulness overall, coupled with watching Tracy and the aunt gnaw the scenery like a bevy of hungry beavers, amidst their thoroughly laconic fellow cast members.


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