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Careful What You Wish For (2015)

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A guy gets more than he bargained for after entering into an affair with the wife of an investment banker. Soon, a suspicious death and substantial life insurance policy embroil him in a scandal.


Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (as Elizabeth Allen)


Chris Frisina
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Cast overview:
Nick Jonas ... Doug Martin
Kiki Harris ... Emily Martin
David Sherrill ... Brian Martin
Graham Rogers ... Carson
Paul Sorvino ... Sheriff Big Jack
John Driskell Hopkins ... Gus
Marc Macaulay ... Gordon
Isabel Lucas ... Lena Harper
Dermot Mulroney ... Elliot Harper
Jay Potter ... Richard
Kevin L. Johnson ... Rent a Cop (as Kevin Johnson)
Leon Pridgen Leon Pridgen ... Deputy Lem Kawalski (as J. Leon Pridgen II)
Kandyse McClure ... Angie Alvarez
Ross Gallo Ross Gallo ... Lena's Lawyer


A guy gets more than he bargained for after entering into an affair with the wife of an investment banker. Soon, a suspicious death and substantial life insurance policy embroil him in a scandal.

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Lust is the motive. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 2015 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Careful What You Wish For See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the sex scene after Doug and Lena break into the house, Lena is commando. It's evident she isn't wearing a bra, and Doug pulls off her white underwear. See more »


Janice: So, it's not exactly the Ritz, but...
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I'll Get Along
Written by Shane Herrell and Ken Morrison
Performed by The First Times
Published by Astonishing Music (BMI)
© (P) Crucial Music Corporation Inc.
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Star vehicle with no shine
19 September 2016 | by david-klompasSee all my reviews

Careful What You Wish For is a good case study in the failings inherent in the Hollywood star system. The film is essentially star vehicle that is produced well but which fails to deliver anything substantial due to the lackluster performances of its leading actors around whom the film has been structured.

Nick Jonas plays Doug Martin, an adolescent without personality who falls for the gorgeous Lena Harper (Isabel Lucas), a married woman with a dark and devious plan to make big bucks fast. As a leading lady, Lucas does nothing more than showing us her very skinny body as she seduces her way into Jonas' very silly heart.

The film, directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosen, is not essentially a bad product. Rosen's direction is competent, the cinematography is pretty, editing is tight, the script holds up alright, and the production itself is of a good quality. There is a solid story arch that held my interest till the end. And it is a nice star vehicle for Lucas and Jonas. But the supposed stars have a very limited acting ability, even at the hands of a director who has a good grasp of her craft born from a long and stable career in television.

Unfortunately, all the potential of this film is lost through a leading couple who never quite arrive as the stars in the vehicle. Unless you are interested in learning from the mistakes made by Lucas and Jonas, you can safely give it a miss.

Direction: 6||Acting: 2||Cinematography: 7||Concept and delivery: 4|

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